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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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User Reviews:
Sophisticated and intelligent film belies silly title. See more (41 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 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:
Mimi:My dear, men are like that. So honorable and wise in some things and just like naughty children in others. You wouldn't blame a little boy for stealing a piece of candy if left alone with a whole boxful, will you?See more »
Movie Connections:
References A Message to Garcia (1936)See more »
Soundtrack:
Thank You for a Lovely EveningSee more »

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30 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Sophisticated and intelligent film belies silly title., 31 January 2000
Author: David Atfield (bits@alphalink.com.au) from Canberra, Australia

It sounds like some sort of cheap sex farce, but this wonderful gem from MGM is actually a very sophisticated work. At its heart are the brilliant performances of five shining stars. Myrna Loy, her miraculously beautiful face subtlely registering her consumption by the green eyed monster. Clark Gable, exhaustingly energetic and effortlessly charming. May Robson, worldly wise and utterly compassionate. James Stewart, in an early supporting role displays the sincere simplicity that was to become his trademark. And Jean Harlow, luminous and intelligent - with a practical notion of love - but playing temptation better than any actor I've ever seen. Watch that scene where she takes off Gable's shoes. So sad that she died only a year after this film was made.

At the helm of this under-rated film is the great Clarence Brown, one of the great stylists of the cinema, who was able to take a simple story and give it depth - watch the gossip and the prejudice of the observers that slowly manipulate Loy, Gable and Harlow into distrusting themselves. Magnificent production and costume designs and great music flesh out the film, and make it a memorable experience. And it's very sexy for its time too! If it weren't for the slightly forced happy ending this film would be perfection itself.

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