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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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"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 »

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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 »

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

Very cute comedy that stretches credibility beyond the breaking point but still is loaded with charm due to the breezy performances of all the players.

Best of all and driving the movie is Rosalind Russell in the type of role that became her signature: the fiercely competent, take care gal who also happened to be deeply romantic and fighting to get the guy she's set her sights on. Some of her machinations are outlandish but since she plays them straight she manages to put them across.

She's well matched with the debonair Brian Aherne, not only a suave leading man but because of his 6 ft 3 in height someone the statuesque Rosalind paired up well with visually. Virginia Bruce is wry and knowing as a gold digging model and Robert Benchley funny as Aherne's lawyer. The real standout in support is John Carroll, a secondary leading man for most of his career he's full of goofy charm as a former beau of Roz's character displaying a comic finesse that Hollywood didn't take advantage of.

A cute studio movie that helped its star hone her screen persona following directly after her one-two punch of The Women and His Girl Friday.


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