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After Office Hours (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 22 February 1935 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Robert Z. Leonard

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Laurence Stallings (from a story by), Dale Van Every (from a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Sharon Norwood
Clark Gable ... James 'Jim' Branch
Stuart Erwin ... Hank Parr
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Norwood
Harvey Stephens ... Tommy Bannister
Katharine Alexander ... Julia Patterson
Hale Hamilton ... Henry King Patterson
Henry Travers ... Cap
Henry Armetta ... Italian Diner Owner
Charles Richman ... Jordan
Herbert Bunston ... Barlow - Norwood's Butler
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Storyline

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 Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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BEAUTY AND THE BOSS AND BUSINESS WAS PLEASURE! (original print ad - all caps)

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Comedy | Crime | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1935 (USA) See more »

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Adam Started It See more »

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Budget:

$366,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Only screen pairing of MGM stars Constance Bennett and Clark Gable - although Gable had a supporting role in Bennett's The Easiest Way (1931). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Sharon Norwood: Why did you lie to me?
James 'Jim' Branch: If you were looking at what I'm looking at you'd know why I lied to you.
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References The Cat and the Fiddle (1934) See more »

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Let's Make Up
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Written by Jack Little, Dave Oppenheim and Ira Schuster
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Could Have Been Better
25 February 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

After Office Hours (1935)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

A hard nosed editor (Clark Gable) hires a society girl (Constance Bennett) as a reporter but he's actually using her to try and crack a story on a playboy (Stuart Erwin). The editor gets in over his head when a murder takes place and might put the girl in danger, which is even worse when he falls for her. This is certainly minor fair but it's made entertaining by the terrific performance by Gable. It's somewhat shocking to see how great he is even though the story is pretty bland and unoriginal. For the most part Gable plays the part as a fast talker and he comes off very charming in doing this. He certainly keeps the film going with his performance and almost makes the viewer forget how silly the actual story is. Bennett is also very good in her role and the two stars work well together. The film borrows some from Gable's Oscar winning role in It Happened One Night and there's also a funny scene where Gable plays Popeye. The first thirty-minutes are actually pretty involving but the second half of the movie completely falls apart when the love story is brought in. There's also some slapstick comedy that comes out of no where and really seems like a scene from another movie accidentally edited into this one. Henry Travers of It's a Wonderful Life has a small role.


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