The wife of a publishing executive mistakenly believes that her husband's relationship with his attractive secretary is more than professional.


Clarence Brown


Norman Krasna (screen play), John Lee Mahin (screen play) | 2 more credits »





Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Van Stanhope
Jean Harlow ... Helen (Whitey) Wilson
Myrna Loy ... Linda Stanhope
May Robson ... Mimi Stanhope
George Barbier ... J.D. Underwood
James Stewart ... Dave
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Joe
Tom Dugan ... Finney
Gilbert Emery ... Simpson
Marjorie Gateson ... Eve Merritt
Gloria Holden ... Joan Carstairs


Magazine publisher Van Stanhope is a hard-working, dynamic executive very happily married to his beautiful wife Linda. Although their relationship is is built on unconditional trust, friends caution her about the dangers of allowing Whitey, her husband's extremely sexy secretary, to continue to have access to him. Even Van's mother warns Linda that Van's father philandered during their marriage, and Van, like all men, will eventually succumb to opportunity and temptation. Although Whitey has a faithful boyfriend, she secretly harbors unrequited feelings for her boss. When they take business trip to Havana, circumstantial evidence convinces Linda that the rumors she's heard may have a basis in fact. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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3 GREAT STARS IN THE PERFECT TRIANGLE! (print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Palace Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - Feb. 29, 1936 - all caps) See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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The amphibious airplane Whitey takes to Cuba is a Sikorsky S-42. It was ordered by Pan Am and introduced in 1934. Only ten were built, all for Pan Am. It could carry 32 passengers in four compartments and 4 or 5 crew members at a cruising speed of 150-160 mph and had a range of 1,200 to 1,900 miles, depending on version (there were three). See more »


When Simpson is first given the morning newspaper, it is folded in half. When he exits his room, the paper is double-folded. See more »


Helen 'Whitey' Wilson: Oh, what fun. You know, next year I'd like to surprise them and do some figure skating.
Dave: Yeah, your figure was doing all right.
Helen 'Whitey' Wilson: What do you mean?
Dave: It went over pretty big with Stanhope, didn't it?
Helen 'Whitey' Wilson: Darling, you're kidding, aren't you?
Dave: I told you once that knowin' millionaires like him spoiled you.
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Slickly Entertaining
12 January 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

It's Rolls Royce MGM hitting on all eight cylinders— lavish interiors, pretty people, well- upholstered crowds, and sprightly dialog. So who can ask for more. Not me. Gable's a hard- driving top executive with a super efficient secretary (Harlow) and a loving wife at home (Loy). Trouble is, he spends all his time making deals and neglecting his patient wife. At the office he depends a lot on the fetching Harlow, slowly making wife Loy suspicious. But getting his attention is difficult since he's so wrapped up in the latest big deal. Thus, straightening things out in expected Hollywood manner makes up the narrative.

Gable's at his charming energetic best, while Harlow gets an unusual non-vampish role, and Loy is winning in the sympathetic wifely part. Together, their characters are uniformly likable, unusual for what may be a romantic triangle. It's not hard seeing why Gable made six films with the star-crossed Harlow. There's real chemistry at work between them. Also, a boyish Jimmy Stewart turns up in an early supporting role as Harlow's sometimes swain. Not surprising for the 30's, the business world is portrayed as tricky, at best.

Anyway, director Brown keeps things moving in smooth fashion, so all the talk seldom palls. Overall, it's a slickly entertaining 90-minutes featuring three legends of their time and our own.

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Release Date:

28 February 1936 (USA) See more »

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$519,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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