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Housewife (1934)

 -  Drama  -  11 August 1934 (USA)
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Nan Reynolds encourages her copywriter husband Bill to open his own agency. Nearly out of business, he finally gets a client. Former girlfriend Patricia Berkeley writes a very successful ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
George Brent ...
William Reynolds
Patricia Berkeley
Nan Reynolds
Paul Duprey
Ruth Donnelly ...
Dora Wilson
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
George Wilson
Robert Barrat ...
Sam Blake
Joseph Cawthorn ...
Krueger (as Joe Cawthorne)
Phil Regan ...
Radio Singer
Willard Robertson ...
Ronnie Cosby ...
Buddy Reynolds
Leila Bennett ...
Harry Tyler ...
Mr. Simmons
Charles Coleman ...


Nan Reynolds encourages her copywriter husband Bill to open his own agency. Nearly out of business, he finally gets a client. Former girlfriend Patricia Berkeley writes a very successful commercial for the client and neats up their old romance. Wife and girlfriend struggle over Bill. Written by Ed Stephan <>

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11 August 1934 (USA)  »

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Both Lee Phelps (Court Clerk) and Lester Dorr (Chauffeur) are in studio records/casting call lists for their roles, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »


Patricia 'Pat' Berkeley: Well, I've done alright. I suddenly found out I had some brains and decided to use them.
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Referenced in Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano (1983) See more »


Puddin' Head Jones
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Lou Handman
First tune played on the radio
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B movie
16 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

George Brent, Ann Dvorak, and Bette Davis star in "Housewife," a 1934 film done at Warner Brothers before they knew what they had in Bette Davis. Davis was pretty enough, with her blond hair and blue eyes, to be cast as an ingénue when she first got to Warners. When Warners realized she had some personality, they put her in films like this where she played stronger, ambitious women.

In "Housewife," she plays Pat, who has always had a mad crush on Bill (Brent), but Brent is married to Nan (Dvorak), and they have a son. Apparently this doesn't matter to her or Brent, as he starts working late at the office and enters into an affair with her. In one party scene, it's pretty obvious that they're a couple - and that's in front of his wife. His wife, well played by Ann Dvorak, refuses to give him a divorce. He doesn't know what the big deal is, apparently forgetting they have a child. All very odd - or is it the script.

This is a pretty typical and not very good B movie enlivened by the cast. I like Brent better without his mustache. Wonder why he grew one.

Pure soap opera and not of the highest quality, with a silly ending. But no Bette Davis fan will want to skip her earlier efforts; it makes one appreciate what came later.

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