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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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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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Oh, so romantic! Well...maybe not!
8 September 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Stephen Dexter (Brian Aherne) owns a big company and has never paid his very competent personal secretary, Kendal (Rosalind Russell), a moment's notice. Instead, he is suddenly interested in a blonde, Phyllis (Virginia Bruce) and Kendal is not happy. But instead of saying anything, she tries to sabotage the relationship. This SHOULD have convinced Stephen that Kendal had the hots for him when he discovers this, but despite being good in business, he is an idiot when it comes to women.

A bit later, the idiot Stephen learns that his company is vulnerable to a possible hostile takeover. So, to save his butt, he realizes he could hide many of his assets if he gets married and proposed a very business-like arrangement with Kendal--marry him but it will be in name only. Not exactly Mr. Romance, huh? Well, Kendal agrees...but also has plans of her own and they DON'T involve just getting married for his convenience...and he realizes this when she suddenly refuses to grant him a divorce! And, in those days, that meant he was in serious trouble!

While I liked this film, I did not love it and have seen similar sorts of movies from the era that worked better. What is the big problem? Well, the ending (which is a foregone conclusion) comes way too abruptly. It seemed almost like the director realized the film was running on long enough and just decided to wrap it up and call it a day! Enjoyable...but nothing more.


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