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Hired Wife (1940)

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Cement company CEO Stephen Dexter asks his secretary Kendall to marry him as a wife in name only, an arrangement made to protect his finances from an attempt at a hostile business takeover.... See full summary »

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Kendal Browning
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Stephen Dexter
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Phyllis Walden
Robert Benchley ...
Roger Van Horn
John Carroll ...
Jose de Briganza
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
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Richard Lane ...
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William B. Davidson ...
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Cement company CEO Stephen Dexter asks his secretary Kendall to marry him as a wife in name only, an arrangement made to protect his finances from an attempt at a hostile business takeover. Once the threat to his company is neutralized, he asks Kendall for a divorce and is dismayed when she engages in continuous ploys and antics to maintain the marriage. Written by Applause Meter

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13 September 1940 (USA)  »

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Enoikiazetai syzygos  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 12, 1951 with Rosalind Russell reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

When Steven asks Kendal what happened to Johnny and picks his pin up from the floor and puts it on the map - supposedly in Seattle - he puts it in the east coast, See more »

Quotes

Phyllis Walden: I should have known right from the start that he was a phony. Honest men just don't make love that well, they, they haven't had enough practice!
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Hired for life
9 August 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Rosalind Russell (Kendal) stars as the secretary who has to marry her boss, Brian Ahearne (Stephen), in order to prevent a takeover of his company. The problem is that Ahearne is completely besotted with model Virginia Bruce (Phyllis) and has no time for Russell. He sees the marriage purely as a business proposal and it will be ended just as soon as his rivals back off. John Carroll (Jose) joins in the fun as an ally of Russell's and between them they make it difficult for Ahearne and Bruce to spend time together.

The film is funny, aided by a good cast, especially Russell in the lead role. John Carroll's Spanish playboy is totally unconvincing but he does get a lot of mileage out of the role. As regards the story, you can tell what is going to happen but just go with it on its journey.


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