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Norman Krasna (screen play) &
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Release Date:
28 February 1936 (USA) See more »
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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Don't Look for Trouble Where There Isn't Any because if You Don't Find It, You'll Make It See more (45 total) »


  (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)
Beatrice Roberts ... Party Guest (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)

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)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
88 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Australia:G | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1936) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #1989) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: When Whitey and Van are working late in the hotel room, Van sits on the edge of the bed. After Whitey tells him to watch the papers strewn on the bed he begins to sit in the middle of the bed. As the scene continues he is shown sitting on the foot of the bed.See more »
Linda:The world's divided into two kinds of people: those who believe that bow tie ends should be sticking out, and those who don't. Personally, I'm very tolerant, ask anybody. But anyone who believes a bow tie end should stick out should be deported from this country.See more »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Don't Look for Trouble Where There Isn't Any because if You Don't Find It, You'll Make It, 17 November 2012
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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