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Hard-hitting news editor Jim Branch falls for high-society type Sharon Norwood but can't get to first base as he continually makes use of her knowledge of the rich and famous to try to solve the murder of one of her socialite acquaintences.Written by
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 21 February 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Chicago 25 April 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Norfolk VA 15 May 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), in Minneapolis 21 June 1957 on KMGM (Channel 9), in Seattle 23 June 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Portland OR 9 July 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in Hartford CT 20 August 1957 on WHCT (Channel 18), and in Indianapolis 8 November 1957 on WLW-I (Channel 13); its initial airings in San Francisco occurred 3 June 1958 on KGO (Channel 7), in Philadelphia 15 July 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), and in Altoona PA 9 January 1959 on WFBG (Channel 10); its television premiere in New York City occurred 1 July 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »
When Jim slams the door to his office while expressing his love for Sharon to Hank, the glass in the door had already been cracked (or scored) to break and fall out beforehand. See more »
A year earlier Clark Gable as a "punishment" for a recalcitrant star was farmed out to Columbia Pictures by Louis B. Mayer to make a real dog of a film about a bus trip entitled It Happened One Night.
That film essentially created the modern screen comedy as we know it and made a grand slam of the major Oscar categories including one for Clark Gable as Best Actor. Gable played a newspaper reporter in that one, on the trail of runaway heiress Claudette Colbert.
One thing about Louis B. Mayer, if he saw a trend he'd capitalize on it. If his number one star got an Oscar as a reporter, we'll make him an editor. And we'll bring the society girl into the newsroom where she's also working as a reporter. Common job interests should provide a basis for romance.
And that boys and girls is how After Office Hours came into being. But despite the naughty title, the main thing that Clark Gable and Constance Bennett are working on after work is an argument over a society murder.
Gable has a notion that the man arrested for murdering a society grand dame who was doing a little stepping out is not the guilty party. He needs Bennett to help him gain entree to the Cholly Knickerbocker set to prove it.
Bennett and Gable settle comfortably into their roles and Stu Erwin has a nice turn as Gable's sidekick.
As for Louis B. Mayer and MGM, After Office Hours did OK, but Gable made them some big money that year in Mutiny on the Bounty.
But I'll bet Mayer was mighty careful over what he assigned as punishments.
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