Wife vs. Secretary


Wife vs. Secretary

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Beautiful Helen "Whitey" Wilson is secretary to magazine publisher Van Stanhope. Van's wife Linda doesn't mind a bit... that is until Van's mother plants the seed of doubt.


Myrna Loy
as Linda
George Barbier
as Underwood
Margaret Irving
as Edna Wilson
William Newell
as Tom Wilson
Marjorie Gateson
as Eve Merritt
Charles Trowbridge
as Hal Harrington
John Qualen
as Mr. Jenkins
Hilda Howe
as Mary Connors
Gloria Holden
as Joan Carstairs
Tom Dugan
as Finney
Frank Elliott
as Mr. Barker
Greta Meyer
as German Cook
Aileen Pringle
as Mrs. Barker
Frank Puglia
as Hotel Clerk
Myra Marsh
as Miss Clark
Harold Minjir
as Williams
Maurice Cass
as Bakewell
Tom Herbert
as Business Man
Guy D'Ennery
as Cuban Waiter
Niles Welch
as Tom Axel
Tom Rowan
as Battleship
Clay Clement
as Herbert
Tom Mahoney
as Policeman
Nena Quartaro
as Telephone Operator
Charles Irwin
as Information Clerk
Andre Cheron
as Frenchman
Eugene Borden
as Ship's Officer
Hooper Atchley
as Postal Clerk
Lucille Ward
as Scrub Woman
Philip Trent
as Elevator Boy
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  • Nov 29, 2016
    This movie is loaded with star power - Jean Harlow, Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, and wow, even a young Jimmy Stewart. The story is straightforward - Gable is an executive, Loy is his wife, Harlow his secretary, and Stewart, Harlow's boyfriend. Harlow is incredibly helpful to Gable and works long hours with him, thus prompting rumors, but the two are absolutely innocent. Eventually Loy and Stewart get jealous of the time the two are spending together, and are concerned the two are having an affair. I have to say, for a good part of the movie, it seemed reasonably good but somewhat false - the chemistry between Gable and Loy is just "ok", and the straight and narrow course Gable and Harlow take and the overall message of needing to trust in one's relationship seemed somehow influenced by the Hays Code to me. On the positive side, both Gable and Harlow are in roles outside of their usual typecasting, including Harlow with her natural hair color. Harlow also stands up to Stewart's requests that she quit her job to focus on family (hooray especially for 1936!), and Harlow confronting Loy and ultimately sacrificing herself is a good scene. And, on top of all that, the very best scene is between Gable and Harlow, after they've been drinking in Havana following closing a deal they had worked on over sleepless nights. Innocence aside, there is a moment of truth when she's in the same hotel room in the wee hours, untying his shoes. Their conflicted stares are priceless and communicate brilliantly without words, until Harlow says at last "we've had an awful lot to drink". That scene alone makes the film worth watching, and shows Harlow's ability and potential to grow even further. How sad she would die the following year at the age of 26! As for this film -- the script is good, not great, but the screen presences here surely are.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 03, 2010
    A normal drama of a suspicious wife and her husband who may or may not be cheating. It's predictable and boring, but the acting is good.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Jun 26, 2009
    Megawatt cast stuck in a dimestore novel. They way they cranked 'em out in those days, they can't all be winners. Neat to see the stars in atypical roles - Clark Gable as affable millionaire, James Stewart as jealous boyfriend, and Jean Harlow the innocent secretary falsely suspected of being the maneater she usually portrays! Myrna Loy has the most thankless role as the suspicious wife. Stewart and Harlow have the best scene in his parked car as Jimmy flashes the brilliant timing and nuance he would become famous for. I actually felt sorry for Harlow at the end, even though it was supposed to be a feel-gooder. "Don't look for trouble where there isn't any because if you don't find it, you'll make it," the sage moral to this slight cinematic fable.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 22, 2007
    Predictable, but still enjoyable. With any other cast, it probably wouldn't be worth watching.
    Valerie G Super Reviewer

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