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Wife vs. Secretary (1936)

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

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Clarence Brown

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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 (duke1029@aol.com)

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 February 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wife Versus Secretary See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$519,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Dave's raise to $75/week would equate to $1,341/week in 2017. See more »

Goofs

When the wife sits down to breakfast she is wearing gloves. She is not as she is walking from the bedroom before, or after when she leaves the kitchen. See more »

Quotes

Helen 'Whitey' Wilson: You're a fool, for which I am grateful.
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Connections

Referenced in Arnie: Wife vs. Secretary (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Skaters Waltz
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Music by Emil Waldteufel
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Some psychic foresight would have helped.
6 May 2004 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I had never seen Wife vs. Secretary until last year and because it was the only film that Clark Gable made with James Stewart, I wanted to see what these two would be like together.

The closest Gable and Stewart have in the way of a scene together is at a roller rink where Gable has brought wife Myrna Loy and Stewart brought girlfriend Jean Harlow. Gable and Stewart are on opposite sides of the floor and never get together.

It's not the best film Gable ever did with Harlow or Loy, but it's good fun. Basically Loy begins to have doubts about Gable's fidelity because the beautiful Ms. Harlow is his secretary. And the doubt is continually being reinforced by Loy's friends, a nasty group of gossips. Innocent events are continually being misinterpreted, but everyone is on the same page by the end of the movie.

Gable was a big star by then, MGM's biggest. Too bad no one knew that Jimmy Stewart was also going to be a cinema legend or some scenes would have included them together.


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