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Wife vs. Secretary (September 22, 2011)

Wife vs. Secretary was written by Norman Krasna, John Lee Mahin and Alice Duer Miller, and was based on a story by Faith Baldwin which appeared in Hearst’s International-Cosmopolitan magazine in May, 1935. The film was made from November 25, 1935 through January 14, 1936, and was released on February 28, 1936. It was directed by Clarence Brown, who made many films for MGM in the 1930s, including several Greta Garbo vehicles.

This picture is a classic MGM multistar movie of the mid-1930s. Originally the film was to have starred William Powell as the central male character, Van Stanhope. I think you will agree with me that Clark Gable does a great job in this role. Note that Clark Gable’s character puts an article by Alice Duer Miller, one of the screenwriters, into his magazine. This is a wonderful script, put across by a talented group of actors, not only Gable, Harlow and Loy, but also May Robson as Gable’s mother, George Barbier as Underwood, and a very young Jimmy Stewart, as Harlow’s boyfriend. This movie has many exceptional supporting actors, and some of them only deliver a line or two. This is a fabulous picture – they don’t make ‘em like this anymore – and we hope you enjoy watching it with us tonight.