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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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Loy, Gable and Harlow shine in this great comedy See more (43 total) »

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)

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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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 sets of Van's office were also used in the anti-crime short The Public Pays (1936).See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Van:Who won the fight?
Simpson:Rosenblaum. In the third round.
Van:He did? I owe Finny a night off.
Simpson:Well with your night off and my three dollars, Finny should do quite well.
Van:You too? Maybe we should get rid of Finny.
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Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag and Smile, Smile, Smile!See more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Loy, Gable and Harlow shine in this great comedy, 27 June 2006

In this wonderful comedy/drama, all three major stars go against their stereotyped roles. Clark Gable, for example, plays devoted husband and businessman instead of a tough guy like he usually does. Jean Harlow plays a hard working, good natured secretary, who doesn't seem to know just how damn sexy and gorgeous she is, and no wise cracks! Then there is the lovely Myrna Loy, who plays an extremely sexy wife (in contrast to her other wife roles). This could have been another formulaic, predictable film but the stars – Loy, Harlow and Gable – shine in their roles and make this a truly funny, magical film.

The conflict starts when Linda Stanhope's (a gorgeous Myrna Loy) mother in law makes a careless comment about how nice her son's (a dashing Clark Gable) – Linda's Husband - secretary (played by Jean Harlow) is. From there, a usually non-jealous Linda becomes increasingly suspicious to her husbands actions. Many things seem to point to the conclusion that Van is having an affair. Hm!

It's rather tragic that this brilliant piece of comedy is not that well known, as it should be. All three stars are exquisite and really entertaining to watch and raises above the boring, run of the mill comedy/dramas. Wife Vs. Secretary is a great movie - I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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