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Wife vs. Secretary (1936)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 28 February 1936 (USA)
The wife of a publishing executive mistakenly believes that her husband's relationship with his attractive secretary is more than professional.

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Magazine publisher Van Stanhope is a hard-working, dynamic executive very happily married to his beautiful wife Linda. Although their relationship is is built on unconditional trust, friends caution her about the dangers of allowing Whitey, her husband's extremely sexy secretary, to continue to have access to him. Even Van's mother warns Linda that Van's father philandered during their marriage, and Van, like all men, will eventually succumb to opportunity and temptation. Although Whitey has a faithful boyfriend, she secretly harbors unrequited feelings for her boss. When they take business trip to Havana, circumstantial evidence convinces Linda that the rumors she's heard may have a basis in fact. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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28 February 1936 (USA)  »

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Seine Sekretärin  »

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$519,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The name of one of the screenwriters, Alice Duer Miller, is seen as the author of an article in a magazine, and Clark Gable remarks, "Hey, Alice has written a very nice article here." See more »

Goofs

At the end of the ice skating sequence the camera pans up and to the left, and the boom mic operator was unable to get the mic out of the way in time. For a second it takes up nearly the entire right upper quarter of the screen. See more »

Quotes

Linda: Well, after all, Van, she is an uncommonly good-looking girl. I don't know of anyone in our crowd who's as attractive, and people aren't willing to believe that looks go with brains.
Van: Well, one of the smallest troubles we've ever had, Linda, is caring what other people think.
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References A Message to Garcia (1936) See more »

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At Dawning
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Music by Charles Wakefield Cadman
Lyrics by Nelle Richmond Eberhart
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Don't Look for Trouble Where There Isn't Any because if You Don't Find It, You'll Make It
17 November 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In New York, the magazine publisher Van "V.S." Stanhope (Clark Gable) and his beloved wife Linda (Myrna Loy) have been happily married for three years and are in love with each other. Van is a dynamic executive of the Stanhope Publications and works very close to his dedicated and efficient secretary Helen "Whitney" Wilson (Jean Harlow), who is a beautiful young woman engaged with Dave (James Stewart).

When Van's mother Mimi (May Robson) poisons Linda about the relationship of her son with his secretary, Linda becomes jealous of her. Whitney and Dave have an argument and she breaks with him. Meanwhile Van is secretly planning to buy a magazine owned by Underwood (George Barbier) and Whitney helps him with the strategy. When Whitney discovers that the competitor Hanson House is also disputing the magazine, she travels to Havana to help Van to close the business with Underwood. They are well- succeeded in their intent and celebrate until late night. When Linda calls Van at 2:00 PM, Whitney answers the phone call and Linda believes that Van is really having an affair with Whitney. In the end, don't look for trouble where there isn't any because if you don't find it, you'll make it.

"Wife vs. Secretary" is an adorable romantic comedy by Clarence Brown with Clark Gable, Jean Harlow and Myrna Loy in the lead roles. The intelligent screenplay is very well written, with funny situations. James Stewart in a supporting role in the beginning of his career has the final and most important line of this movie. The talented Jean Harlow passed away on the next year of cerebral edema caused by uremic poisoning, in a great loss for the cinema industry. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Ciúmes" ("Jealousy")


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