MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 7,076 this week

The Couple Takes a Wife (1972)

TV Movie  -   -  Comedy  -  5 December 1972 (USA)
6.7
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.7/10 from 30 users  
Reviews: 1 user

A couple decides to hire a second "wife"--somebody who looks good and works hard around the house--but complications ensue.

Director:

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 266 titles
created 06 Mar 2011
 
list image
a list of 267 titles
created 20 Oct 2012
 
list image
a list of 240 titles
created 3 months ago
 
list image
a list of 761 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Couple Takes a Wife (TV Movie 1972)

The Couple Takes a Wife (TV Movie 1972) on IMDb 6.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Couple Takes a Wife.
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Jeff Hamilton
...
Barbara Hamilton
...
Barbara's Mother
...
Randy Perkins
...
Marion Randolph
...
David
...
Jennifer Allen
Mia Bendixsen ...
Christy Hamilton
Dana Laurita ...
Mindy Hamilton
...
Paula
...
Ginger
Carmen Zapata ...
Maria
...
Mrs. Flanagan
Bert Holland ...
Mr. Kaplan
...
Employment Clerk
Edit

Storyline

A couple decides to hire a second "wife"--somebody who looks good and works hard around the house--but complications ensue.

Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 December 1972 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Two Wives

I saw "The Couple Takes a Wife" almost 40 years after its first broadcast. It was produced by Universal, a studio that for most of the 1950s and 1960s made very light romantic comedies about "issues threatening the bliss of the heterosexual couple" —mainly, staying a virgin before marriage or not, as Doris Day did in several of those WASP vehicles of hers; or occasionally, the emergence of a "new, professional, and liberated woman", as Abigal Page, the character Paula Prentiss played in Howard Hawks' "Man's Favorite Sport?" In a way, this TV film was a sort of continuation of Abigail Page's life: under a new name (Barbara Hamilton), she is again working for a public relations firm, but she has been happily married for a while and gave birth to two little girls. When the Hamiltons' maid has to go back to Guatemala, Barbara has an idea: they must hire not a maid but a wife (watch the subtle funny faces Prentiss does when she realizes what she has suggested). Of course, the plan backfires, things get thinly complicated (and "sexy"), but following the rules of broadcast TV, light comedy, and the remains of the Hays Code, Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton are too "conventional" —or so she says, but he nods—, faithful to each other, and things have to be worked out. Everybody is too silly in the script by Susan Silver (especially the "hired wife", played by Valerie Perrine), but Silver managed to make me laugh out loud a couple of times. I guess that was the idea... and that was Universal's: to offer a safe, hygienic, good time. In spite of Jerry Paris' invisible direction (or no-more-than adequate, clean, efficient mise-en-screen), Prentiss and Bill Bixby seem to enjoy playing husband and wife. They worked together so well that it's a pity they were not reunited again.


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

Message Boards

Discuss The Couple Takes a Wife (1972) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?