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Director:
Writers:
Norman Krasna (screen play) &
John Lee Mahin (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
28 February 1936 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The wife of a publishing executive mistakenly believes that her husband's relationship with his attractive secretary is more than professional. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clark Gable ... Van

Jean Harlow ... Whitey

Myrna Loy ... Linda

May Robson ... Mimi
George Barbier ... Underwood

James Stewart ... Dave
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Joe
Tom Dugan ... Finney
Gilbert Emery ... Simpson
Marjorie Gateson ... Eve Merritt

Gloria Holden ... Joan Carstairs
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hooper Atchley ... Postal Clerk (uncredited)
Eugene Borden ... Ship's Officer (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Butler at Club (uncredited)
Frederick Burton ... Ned Trent (uncredited)
Leonard Carey ... Taggart (uncredited)
Maurice Cass ... Mr. Bakewell (uncredited)
André Cheron ... Frenchman (uncredited)
Clay Clement ... Herbert 'Herb' (uncredited)
Nick Copeland ... Sam - the Elevator Starter (uncredited)
Guy D'Ennery ... Cuban Waiter (uncredited)
Frank Elliott ... Mr. Ted Barker (uncredited)
Paul Ellis ... Raoul (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
George Guhl ... Mendel (uncredited)
Richard Hemingway ... Bridegroom in Havana (uncredited)
Holmes Herbert ... Frawley (uncredited)
Tom Herbert ... Business Man in Lobby (uncredited)
Hilda Howe ... Mary Conners (uncredited)
Margaret Irving ... Edna Wilson (uncredited)
Charles Irwin ... Ship's Room Clerk (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Party Guest with Herbert (uncredited)
Mary MacGregor ... Ellen (uncredited)
Tom Mahoney ... Policeman (uncredited)
Myra Marsh ... Miss Clark (uncredited)
Greta Meyer ... Molly (uncredited)
Harold Minjir ... Harry Williams (uncredited)
Jack Mulhall ... Howard - Party Guest (uncredited)
William Newell ... Tom Wilson (uncredited)

Aileen Pringle ... Mrs. Anne Barker (uncredited)
Frank Puglia ... Havana Hotel Clerk (uncredited)

John Qualen ... Mr. Jenkins (uncredited)
Nina Quartero ... Cuban Telephone Operator (uncredited)
Paul Rowan ... Battleship (uncredited)
Helen Shipman ... Ice Skater Whose Feet Hurt (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Poker Player with Pair of Jacks (uncredited)
Phillip Trent ... Elevator Boy (uncredited)
Charles Trowbridge ... Hal Harrington (uncredited)
Lucille Ward ... Anna (uncredited)
Niles Welch ... Tom Axel (uncredited)
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Directed by
Clarence Brown 
 
Writing credits
Norman Krasna (screen play) &
John Lee Mahin (screen play)

Faith Baldwin  from the story by: Cosmopolitan Magazine &
Alice Duer Miller  screenplay

Produced by
Hunt Stromberg .... producer
Clarence Brown .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
Edward Ward 
 
Cinematography by
Ray June (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Frank E. Hull (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Dorian .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
William A. Horning .... associate art director
Edwin B. Willis .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dolly Tree .... wardrobe
 
Music Department
Wayne Allen .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leonid Raab .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jack Virgil .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
88 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1936) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1989) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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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:
Continuity: When the wife sits down to breakfast she is wearing gloves. She is not as she is walking from the bedroom before, or after when she leaves the kitchen.See more »
Quotes:
Van:Me? I haven't done that in years. That's work!See more »
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Soundtrack:
Crack the WhipSee more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
The Genius of Jean, 20 March 2008
Author: from United States

I treasure this film for Jean Harlow's performance, capped by a magnificent, simple line reading: "You are a fool. For which I am grateful."

She had amazing range for an actress who died at 26. Howard Hughes presented her in "Hell's Angels" (1930) as an amoral menace to civilization. (When she slips into "something comfortable" she actually puts on clothes.) It would be charitable to call her appearance in that picture acting. Yet within a couple of years she could dominate the screen by the force of genuine talent.

Her starring career blazed briefly, but with almost no wasted roles. Here she gets to behave like a normal working class woman--not a débutante, nor a tenement dweller, nor a criminal's moll, nor a voracious mantrap, nor a comic banshee, nor an adventuress working the China Seas or Malay docksides.

Clark Gable and Myrna Loy have more customary roles. A part this quiet remains a rarity for the winsome, brilliant, and doomed Harlow.

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