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Day-Time Wife (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 24 November 1939 (USA)
When a young wife discovers her husband of two years is involved with his beautiful secretary, she applies for a job as secretary to a business rival.

Director:

Gregory Ratoff

Writers:

Art Arthur (screen play), Robert Harari (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tyrone Power ... Ken Norton
Linda Darnell ... Jane
Warren William ... Bernard Dexter
Binnie Barnes ... Blanche
Wendy Barrie ... Kitty
Joan Davis ... Miss Applegate
Joan Valerie ... Mrs. Dexter
Leonid Kinskey ... Coco
Mildred Gover Mildred Gover ... Melbourne
Renie Riano ... Miss Briggs
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Storyline

When Jane Norton inadvertently discovers that Ken, her husband of two years, is dallying with his beautiful secretary, she decides to turn the tables by applying for a job as secretary to philandering architect Barney Dexter, an associate of her husband. Despite cynical advice from her friend Blanche, a three-time divorcée, Jane stays one step ahead of the amorous Dexter and uses Ken's jealousy to get him to renounce his extra-marital indiscretions. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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He had someone on the side, so did she! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esposa de día See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Nancy Kelly was at one point considered to play Jane Morton. See more »

Quotes

Bernard 'Barney' Dexter: [Referring to his wife] Mrs. Dexter's a wonderful woman, but... uh...
Jane Norton: You mean it gets to be sort of a... routine?
Bernard 'Barney' Dexter: Hmmm, possibly. After a while a wife gets to be sort of a solved crossword puzzle.
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Soundtracks

Moonlight Serenade
(1939) (uncredited)
Music by Glenn Miller
Lyrics by Mitchell Parish
Background music at the Sheepshead Bay restaurant
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Marvellous film, highly enjoyable
17 June 2016 | by istaraSee all my reviews

Day-Time Wife is an absolute gem of a film that is easily enjoyable for its own sake, not merely as a vintage curiosity.

Linda Darnell is sparkling as the young, neglected wife and Tyrone Power very watchable as the handsome but wandering husband.

The scene in which the two secretaries and their bosses end up at the same restaurant, where Darnell more than gets her revenge on her excruciated husband, is exquisite.

The ending also manages to be truly sweet and happy in a plausible way. He's been a fool, but not a total fool.

The only implausibility, perhaps, is the notion of a man neglecting a young wife as beautiful and vivacious as Darnell for his significantly older, less pretty and less amusing secretary. Not that Wendy Barrie isn't a beauty in her own right, but she's eclipsed from every angle by Darnell.

Definitely give this one a watch: it's hugely funny, with a plot that's strong enough to merit a modern remake. This would also be excellent as a play.


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