Wife vs. Secretary (1936)





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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.
Classics , Comedy , Drama
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Jean Harlow
as Whitey
Myrna Loy
as Linda
May Robson
as Mimi
George Barbier
as Underwood
Gilbert Emery
as Simpson
Margaret Irving
as Edna Wilson
William Newell
as Tom Wilson
Marjorie Gateson
as Eve Merritt
Leonard Carey
as Taggart
Charles Trowbridge
as Hal Harrington
John Qualen
as Mr. Jenkins
Hilda Howe
as Mary Connors
Gloria Holden
as Joan Carstairs
Tom Dugan
as Finney
Jack Mulhall
as Howard
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
Holmes Herbert
as Frawley
Harold Minjir
as Williams
Maurice Cass
as Bakewell
Tom Herbert
as Business Man
Guy D'Ennery
as Cuban Waiter
Niles Welch
as Tom Axel
Richard Hemingway
as Bridegroom
Paul Ellis
as Raoul
Tom Rowan
as Battleship
Clay Clement
as Herbert
Tom Mahoney
as Policeman
Nena Quartaro
as Telephone Operator
Charles Irwin
as Information Clerk
Nina Quartero
as Telephone Operator
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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Critic Reviews for Wife vs. Secretary

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March 10, 2013

It's a star vehicle with Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and Jean Harlow, that's filled with old-fashioned Hollywood gloss.

Full Review… | February 12, 2013
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June 23, 2006

Audience Reviews for Wife vs. Secretary


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
Aj V

Super Reviewer


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 Strangeblog
Doctor Strangeblog

Super Reviewer


Generally obvious with a good cast. Myrna Loy is so cute in this movie it actually hurts. The star power is the only thing worthwhile in a tale of jealousy and workaholics. The supporting role from Jimmy Stewart made me kind of sad--namely the scene towards the end where he calls Harlow. Wife Vs. Secretary isn't the slapstick comedy I was expecting, but worth watching if only for the cast and set design.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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