6.2/10
86
4 user 3 critic

Don't Tell the Wife (1937)

Approved | | Comedy | 5 March 1937 (USA)
A seasoned con artist and his associates discover that their scheme to get rich by selling stock in a worthless gold mine is fraught with obstacles.

Director:

Writers:

(play),
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Stage Door (1937)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A boardinghouse full of aspiring actresses and their ambitions, dreams and disappointments.

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Ginger Rogers, Adolphe Menjou
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Wonder Pictures' seedy publicity man Lanny Morgan has put the studio's biggest star, Annabel Allison, in one crazy stunt after another. His latest scheme has Annabel pretending to be a maid... See full summary »

Directors: Benjamin Stoloff, Lew Landers
Stars: Jack Oakie, Lucille Ball, Ruth Donnelly
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and... the real murderer.

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe, Robert Keith
Lured (1947)
Crime | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A serial killer in London is murdering young women he meets through the personal columns of newspapers. He announces each of his murders to the police by sending them a cryptic poem. After ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Sirk
Stars: George Sanders, Lucille Ball, Charles Coburn
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Rejected as an immigrant because he doesn't have the required $200, a Czech immigrant jumps ship and is befriended by a chorus girl and becomes a taxi driver.

Director: Stephen Roberts
Stars: Francis Lederer, Ginger Rogers, Arthur Hohl
Drama | Film-Noir | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A Coast Guardsman suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress becomes involved with a beautiful and enigmatic seductress married to a blind painter.

Director: Jean Renoir
Stars: Joan Bennett, Robert Ryan, Charles Bickford
Room Service (1938)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A penniless theatrical producer must outwit the hotel efficiency expert trying to evict him from his room, while securing a backer for his new play.

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Ginger Rogers, a bored New York office girl, goes to a camp in the Catskill Mountains for rest and finds Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

Director: Alfred Santell
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Peggy Conklin
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Movie star Annabel Allison has further comic adventures with her wacky publicity agent.

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Jack Oakie, Lucille Ball, Ruth Donnelly
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

One night of twelve crowded hours in the life of a newspaper investigative reporter out to get the goods on the master-minds who operate the profitable Numbers Racket in a big city. His ... See full summary »

Director: Lew Landers
Stars: Richard Dix, Lucille Ball, Allan Lane
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Andrew and Clara are school sweethearts whose marriage goes stale after five years. Andrew is a hard worker at the firm, but it seems that all he does is work. When Mr. Battincourt from ... See full summary »

Director: Ray McCarey
Stars: Lucille Ball, James Ellison, Robert Coote
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Ben Holmes
Stars: Fred Stone, Jean Parker, Esther Dale
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Nancy Dorsey
...
Steven A. 'Steve' Dorsey
...
Major Manning
...
Lazarus Hubert Gregory 'Cupid' Dougal (as Guinn Williams)
...
Insp. Mallory
...
Larry 'Horace' Tucker
...
Ann 'Annie' Howell
...
Mike Callahan
...
Warden
...
Salesman Hagar
...
Sam Taylor (as Cy Jenks)
Edit

Storyline

Arch schemer Major Manning is fresh from prison but eager to hatch another "deal". He concocts a plan with his associates to sell stock in a worthless gold mine and skip with the profits. But first they need to establish the proper front. With money they borrow from Steve's wife--who thinks the money is being used to start a legitimate business--they rent a posh office, hire seasoned telemarketers to make the pitch and convince a dim newspaper columnist to lend the organization his prestigious-sounding name. The stocks sell like hotcakes and things look rosey for the boys. But when the little woman starts asking Steve too many questions; and when the rube fronting the company decides to take his job seriously; and when a customer complains to the authorities, prompting a detective to start nosing around the office--things begins to unravel for the Major. Written by Chris Stone <jstone@bellatlantic.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 March 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Once Over Lightly  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Great Cast but No Laughs
1 May 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Don't Tell the Wife (1937)

** (out of 4)

An all-star cast of character actors are wasted in this rather flat comedy. A con man gets released from prison and decides to head back into the stock fraud racket but his ex-partner is now married and his wife (Una Merkel) refuses to let him "invest" any money unless they can show proof that this new business deal is legit. They hire a dimwitted magazine writer (Guy Kibbee) to pretend to be a wizard at stocks but he ends up causing more trouble than anything. DON'T TELL THE WIFE has a decent idea but sadly it never comes together due in large part to some poor pacing from director Christy Cabanne but also a very weak screenplay that frankly just doesn't contain anything funny. It's a real shame that the screenplay is so disappointing because we're treated to a very good cast. Kibbee really can't add too much to the film as he's playing the same type of dimwitted character that he had countless times by this point in his career. The actor is always charming to watch but his character is really letdown by the script. Merkel is also wasted in her supporting role as is Lynne Overman as her husband and Thurston Hall as the con man. Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams plays his typical dumb thug and we also get Lucille Ball in a small part as well as Hattie McDaniel in a brief bit and we also have Wilfred Lucas in a very brief bit. DON'T TELL THE WIFE remains mildly entertaining thanks to the wonderful cast but there's just no getting around the fact that for a comedy there just aren't any laughs.


0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
a bit previous :) skiddoo
Discuss Don't Tell the Wife (1937) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?