Day-Time Wife (1939)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  24 November 1939 (USA)
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When a young wife discovers her husband of two years is involved with his beautiful secretary, she applies for a job as secretary to a business rival.



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Complete credited cast:
Bernard Dexter
Miss Applegate
Joan Valerie ...
Mrs. Dexter
Leonid Kinskey ...
Mildred Gover ...
Renie Riano ...
Miss Briggs


When Jane Norton inadvertently discovers that Ken, her husband of two years, is dallying with his beautiful secretary, she decides to turn the tables by applying for a job as secretary to philandering architect Barney Dexter, an associate of her husband. Despite cynical advice from her friend Blanche, a three-time divorcée, Jane stays one step ahead of the amorous Dexter and uses Ken's jealousy to get him to renounce his extra-marital indiscretions. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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He had someone on the side, so did she! See more »


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Release Date:

24 November 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esposa de día  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Linda Darnell was 16 when she played Tyrone Powers character's wife of 2 years, Jane. See more »


Bernard 'Barney' Dexter: I'd like you to think of me as a sort of an... an ineligible eligible bachelor.
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Moonlight Serenade
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Glenn Miller
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Background music at the Sheepshead Bay restaurant
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10 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

1939 may have been the shiniest of Hollywood's Golden Years, but this gilded stinker should certainly keep us from getting too gassy about the whole thing.

Yes, the principals are pretty, and given that (if you can believe the biographical info) Darnell had barely entered puberty by the time she was outfitted in this ermine-lined straitjacket, she acquits herself fairly well (altho her girlish piping seems bizarre vis a vis the later, memorable alto of "Letter to Three Wives").

But if you ever needed proof that Tyrone Power was no Cary Grant, brother, stop here. His double-takes and eye-rolling are appalling and his comic timing non-existent. Power looks heroic in a dinner jacket, but otherwise he's just plain rotten here.

So is most of the dialogue. And the direction.

I suppose "Day-Time Wife" merits some historical attention as one more '30's "comedy of remarriage," but its essential feature is its mind-boggling stupidity.

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