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Hired Wife (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 13 September 1940 (USA)
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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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on February 6, 1949 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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Referenced in Buck Privates (1941) See more »

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13 July 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw this film for the first time tonight on Turner Classic Movies. As a fan of films of this period, I had never heard of it. As a fan of Rosalind Russell, I was surprised that I had never seen it mentioned in essays or articles about her career.

Brian Ahearn was OK, but Russell is her comic best here, much as she is, of course, in "His Girl Friday".

Another spark in this comedy is the always reliable Robert Benchley as Brian Ahearn's attorney and friend of many years. He is vintage Benchley, with the droll line uttered with a poker face, a sly double take, and more than one sequence involving snoring and talking in his sleep....the sort of comedic genius which Benchley is remembered for.

Very enjoyable.


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