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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.

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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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All Critics (3)

Everything in this picture - people, clothes, interiors - is as beautiful and eyefilling as possible, but the story seemed to me to be fairly unexciting.

July 22, 2019 | Full Review…

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

February 13, 2013 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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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 Block
Antonius Block

Super Reviewer


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


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

Super Reviewer

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