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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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"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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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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Hired for life
9 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

Rosalind Russell (Kendal) stars as the secretary who has to marry her boss, Brian Ahearne (Stephen), in order to prevent a takeover of his company. The problem is that Ahearne is completely besotted with model Virginia Bruce (Phyllis) and has no time for Russell. He sees the marriage purely as a business proposal and it will be ended just as soon as his rivals back off. John Carroll (Jose) joins in the fun as an ally of Russell's and between them they make it difficult for Ahearne and Bruce to spend time together.

The film is funny, aided by a good cast, especially Russell in the lead role. John Carroll's Spanish playboy is totally unconvincing but he does get a lot of mileage out of the role. As regards the story, you can tell what is going to happen but just go with it on its journey.


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