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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:
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)

Did You Know?

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 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:You know, it's amazing how a man can twist logic to suit his own ends.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell (1993) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
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18 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
suspicious minds, 27 December 2005
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Jean Harlow is the secretary no wife wants her husband to have in "Wife vs. Secretary" starring Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, and Harlow, with an early appearance by James Stewart. It's hard to believe, looking at this film, that Jean Harlow would be dead a year later. Less blonde than in some earlier films, and far more subdued, she plays the indispensable, smart, and efficient secretary of Clark Gable. Gable is a high-pressured businessman happily married to Myrna Loy. All is well until her mother-in-law advises her to make Gable get rid of that good-looking assistant. Slowly, Loy begins to realize that everyone in their circle is assuming an affair, which up to that point hadn't crossed her mind. It does now.

Harlow is involved with James Stewart, and he doesn't want her to work after they get married. Her job, he feels, is too exciting and important and will threaten their marriage. Harlow is half in love with Gable and refuses to quit. Stewart is adorable and gives a hint of what will be truly be one of the great screen personas.

The cast is splendid. Gable is his usual charming self; Loy and Harlow are perfect casting as unique women who are complete opposites. Their final scene together consists of only a long look. It's very effective, as is the acting of both women throughout. Loy's scene with her mother-in-law is heartbreaking.

This is a dated film but very satisfying. Although it's wonderful to see these stars together, it's sad to realize they're all gone now, and that young Harlow has been gone for 68 years. Quite a loss.

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