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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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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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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 19, 1946 with Brian Aherne reprising his film role. See more »

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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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Giddy, sophisticated comedy
22 March 1999 | by (Athens, Georgia) – See all my reviews

This is comedy in the classic style, starring the incomparable Rosalind Russell in the kind of role she did best: the savvy professional woman. Here she is a wily, sassy secretary, devoted to her cement mogul boss because, she claims, "every good secretary is in love with her boss." But although she manages to snare him in a marriage of convenience, she still has to use her cunning to separate him from the equally determined blonde model he's pursuing. Add a spurious foreign millionaire and a disgruntled chaperone (Robert Benchley, in a hilarious supporting performance) and you have a perfect romantic comedy. Sharp dialogue, an ever-twisting plot, and Russell's deft, headlong performance make this a delight from start to finish.


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