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Hired Wife (1940)

Approved | | Comedy | 13 September 1940 (USA)
Cement company CEO Stephen Dexter asks his secretary Kendall to marry him as a wife in name only, an arrangement made to protect his finances from an attempt at a hostile business takeover.... See full summary »

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William A. Seiter

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Richard Connell (screenplay), Gladys Lehman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rosalind Russell ... Kendal Browning
Brian Aherne ... Stephen Dexter
Virginia Bruce ... Phyllis Walden
Robert Benchley ... Roger Van Horn
John Carroll ... Jose de Briganza
Hobart Cavanaugh ... William
Richard Lane ... McNab
William B. Davidson ... Mumford (as William Davidson)
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Cement company CEO Stephen Dexter asks his secretary Kendall to marry him as a wife in name only, an arrangement made to protect his finances from an attempt at a hostile business takeover. Once the threat to his company is neutralized, he asks Kendall for a divorce and is dismayed when she engages in continuous ploys and antics to maintain the marriage. Written by Applause Meter

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esposa alquilada See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 19, 1946 with Brian Aherne reprising his film role. See more »

Quotes

Stephen Dexter: Who thought up this unsavory scheme?
Kendal Browning: What's so unsavory about my being your house guest?
Roger Van Horn: Well, then treat her as a boarder. You two don't have to act married, unless somebody's looking.
Stephen Dexter: But think of the position it puts me in!
Kendal Browning: 'We Dexters prefer death to dishonor.' Well, what about me? What am I going to tell my husband?
Stephen Dexter: Huh?
Kendal Browning: Not you. The good one I'm going to marry next.
Roger Van Horn: Well, have it your own way. I advise you to grit your teeth and go through with it.
Stephen Dexter: No!
Kendal Browning: No!
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Referenced in Buck Privates (1941) See more »

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Hired for life
9 August 2014 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Rosalind Russell (Kendal) stars as the secretary who has to marry her boss, Brian Ahearne (Stephen), in order to prevent a takeover of his company. The problem is that Ahearne is completely besotted with model Virginia Bruce (Phyllis) and has no time for Russell. He sees the marriage purely as a business proposal and it will be ended just as soon as his rivals back off. John Carroll (Jose) joins in the fun as an ally of Russell's and between them they make it difficult for Ahearne and Bruce to spend time together.

The film is funny, aided by a good cast, especially Russell in the lead role. John Carroll's Spanish playboy is totally unconvincing but he does get a lot of mileage out of the role. As regards the story, you can tell what is going to happen but just go with it on its journey.


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