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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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She made a $20-a-minute big shot out of a $20-a-week husband! (Print Ad- Herald-Statesman,((Yonkers NY)) 15 July 1934)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dona de Casa See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of prolific character actor Jonathan Hale. See more »

Goofs

Early in the film when Bill goes into Sam Blake's office, he is shown opening the office door twice between shots. 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

Puddin' Head Jones
(1933) (uncredited)
Music by Lou Handman
First tune played on the radio
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Bette Davis as the other woman in this otherwise routine domestic melodrama.
27 January 1999 | by Art-22See all my reviews

Until Bette Davis makes a play for George Brent, this film drags badly. Even then, there's little zip in the screenplay although it does become more interesting. Davis had a crush on Brent in high school but left for New York once he married Ann Dvorak, and now is hired as the chief advertising copywriter at the unheard of salary of $25,000 per year by the advertising firm where Brent works. (Brent earns $2,100 a year as office manager.) When Brent quits at the urging of Dvorak and starts his own firm, Davis is lured back to work for him and the trouble starts. This was the type of role Davis could eat up if it were in the hands of more capable screenwriters and the mores of the 30's permitted it. Then it might have been called "Homewrecker," with the emphasis on Davis rather than Dvorak. Still, it's fun to watch the stars and is a good example of an early Bette Davis film.


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