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Housewife (1934)

Passed | | Drama | 11 August 1934 (USA)
Nan Reynolds encourages her copywriter husband Bill to open his own agency. Nearly out of business, he finally gets a client. Former girlfriend Patricia Berkeley writes a very successful ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Manuel Seff (screen play), Lillie Hayward (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Brent ... William Reynolds
Bette Davis ... Patricia Berkeley
Ann Dvorak ... Nan
John Halliday ... Paul
Ruth Donnelly ... Dora
Hobart Cavanaugh ... George
Robert Barrat ... Sam Blake
Joseph Cawthorn ... Krueger (as Joe Cawthorne)
Phil Regan ... Radio Singer
Willard Robertson ... Judge
Ronnie Cosby ... Buddy Reynolds
Leila Bennett ... Jenny
Harry Tyler ... Mr. Simmons
Charles Coleman ... Bolton
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Storyline

Nan Reynolds encourages her copywriter husband Bill to open his own agency. Nearly out of business, he finally gets a client. Former girlfriend Patricia Berkeley writes a very successful commercial for the client and neats up their old romance. Wife and girlfriend struggle over Bill. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dona de Casa See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Both Lee Phelps (Court Clerk) and Lester Dorr (Chauffeur) are in studio records/casting call lists for their roles, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Patricia 'Pat' Berkeley: Well, I've done alright. I suddenly found out I had some brains and decided to use them.
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Connections

Referenced in Arena: Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Without That Certain Thing
(uncredited)
Written by Max Nesbitt and Harry Nesbitt
Second tune played on the radio
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Dressed to Sell
18 May 2006 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Self-described "just a housewife" Nan (Ann Dvorak) is married to hubby Bill (George Brent) who only earns $175 a month as office manager for an advertising firm. Scrimping and saving to make ends meet, she still manages to remember that Sunday dinner isn't Sunday dinner without Leg of Lamb (and even though complains about their lack of income, keeps a maid in the house to help her with her "housework"). Hubby has a meanie boss where he works who gives him no respect, so with wife giving him the push (she's been busy reading "Success" magazine) he quits and decides to start his own advertising firm, with strong wife by his side helping him come up with ideas AND helping him get new clients. And meanwhile - he brings over blonde Pat (Bette Davis) from his old office, a girl who once was in love with him in high school, and stills seems to hold the torch for him.

I guess the plot of this film sounds a bit silly, but I actually liked this a lot, though thought the ending was a bit tacked on and unsatisfying. Bette Davis looks very pretty in this film, and I love the chemistry between her and George Brent. Bonus - I love all the really gorgeous satin and crepe ruffled bias-cut dresses the women wear in this. Very good film, well worth seeing.


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