6.8/10
290
10 user 3 critic

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 »

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

John Hathaway is a professor of psychology at Digby College. His students are bored as he is with the students. He leaves college to go to New York to have his manuscript on jealousy ... See full summary »

Director: W.S. Van Dyke
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Don Ameche, Kay Francis
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Sisters Ruth and Eileen Sherwood move from Ohio to New York in the hopes of building their careers. Ruth wants to get a job as a writer, while Eileen hopes to succeed on the stage. The two ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Janet Blair
Rendezvous (1935)
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In 1917 Lt. Bill Gordon is headed for France when he meets and becomes friendly with Joel Carter, niece of the Asst. Secretary of War. Finding out that he is an expert on codes, she gets ... See full summary »

Directors: William K. Howard, Sam Wood
Stars: William Powell, Rosalind Russell, Binnie Barnes
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A heiress switches places with her secretary in order to find a man who will love her for who she is and not for her money, but complications soon occur.

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Miriam Hopkins, Joel McCrea, Fay Wray
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Ice-cold college dean Susan Middlecott feels there's no room in her life for romance. Enter Prof. Alec Stevenson, British lecturer on astronomy, touring North America and in possession of a... See full summary »

Director: Edward Buzzell
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Ray Milland, Edmund Gwenn
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A best-selling author of women's issues and a medical academic find it is to their mutual advantage to falsely claim that they are married.

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Loretta Young, Ray Milland, Reginald Gardiner
What a Woman (1943)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A literary agent is pursued by the charming writer of a popular magazine while she attempts to sway one of her clients, a handsome but innocent college professor, to star in an upcoming movie based on his best-selling novel The Whirlwind.

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Brian Aherne, Willard Parker
Certificate: Passed Adventure | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A jewel thief and a con artist are rivals in the theft of a valuable gem as the Japanese army invades China.

Director: Clarence Brown
Stars: Clark Gable, Rosalind Russell, Peter Lorre
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Kay Denham, romanced in Paris by friends Gene and George, can't figure out why George disapproves of Gene.

Director: Wesley Ruggles
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Melvyn Douglas, Robert Young
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Assistant district attorney Cleve Marshall falls for the mysterious Thelma Jordon when she seeks help solving robberies of her aunt's estate.

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Wendell Corey, Paul Kelly
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A shoplifter and her prosecuter fall in love, creating tensions in their family lives.

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Fred MacMurray, Beulah Bondi
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Two professional people marry, but the wife insists that they be celibate for the first three months, just to see if they are truly compatible. The husband tries various tricks to lure his ... See full summary »

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Rosalind Russell, Melvyn Douglas, Binnie Barnes
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Stephen Dexter
...
Phyllis Walden
...
Roger Van Horn
...
Jose de Briganza
...
William
...
McNab
...
Mumford (as William Davidson)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

female executive | See All (1) »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 September 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Esposa alquilada  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 »

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!
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Buck Privates (1941) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Why is this film invisible?
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.


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?