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The Office Wife (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 23 August 1930 (USA)
Larry Fellowes of Fellowes Publishing wants Kate to write her next book about the 'Office Wife'. The personal secretary/stenographer spends more time with the busy executive and makes more ... See full summary »

Directors:

Lloyd Bacon, Michael Curtiz (uncredited)

Writers:

Faith Baldwin (the prize Cosmopolitan magazine serial), Charles Kenyon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Mackaill ... Anne Murdock
Lewis Stone ... Lawrence Fellowes
Natalie Moorhead ... Linda Fellowes
Hobart Bosworth ... McGowan
Joan Blondell ... Katherine Murdock
Blanche Friderici ... Kate Halsey
Brooks Benedict ... Jamison
Dale Fuller ... Secretary Andrews
Walter Merrill Walter Merrill ... Ted O'Hara
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Storyline

Larry Fellowes of Fellowes Publishing wants Kate to write her next book about the 'Office Wife'. The personal secretary/stenographer spends more time with the busy executive and makes more decisions than his wife ever well. This creates a bond between the secretary and boss that the wife can not hope to equal. Little does Larry know that sometimes literature mirrors life. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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While his wife gets older, each new office wife gets younger! (Print Ad- New York Sun, ((New York NY)) 25 September 1930)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 August 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Outra Esposa See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (Vitaphone)
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Goofs

Although credits, a telegram, and a resignation letter show the name of the main character as spelled Fellowes (note second 'e'), the entrance doors to the firm read "Fellows Publishing Co." See more »

Quotes

Lawrence 'Larry' Fellowes, also spelled Fellows: You see that office building over there?
Kate Halsey: It's an architectural monstrosity.
Lawrence 'Larry' Fellowes, also spelled Fellows: In every office there's a stenographer.
Kate Halsey: You called them potential mothers last time.
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Soundtracks

I Fell In Love With You
(uncredited)
Written by Samuel Lerner and Max Prival
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One fantastic lesbian
4 December 2010 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Larry (Lewis Stone) has a wife Linda (Natalie Moorhead) but the appointment of a new secretary Anne (Dorothy Mackaill) throws a spanner in the works. Larry and Anne fall in love with each other while Linda drifts away from him. It is up to Katherine (Joan Blondell) to let Larry know what the real deal is.

The acting is sometimes stilted and the basic idea of Larry and Anne getting together is utterly ludicrous. He is more like her grandfather, ie, they are 2 generations apart. Set against this there are positives such as the roles played by Joan Blondell and Blanche Friderici as "Kate". Friderici is the best lesbian I have seen and I was quite surprised to see that women could be so outwardly gay in 1930. She smokes a cigar and dresses like a man but there is absolutely no attempt to feminize the look as there was with Dietrich. This girl is all man! And it's brilliant.

The film is OK, nothing more, and it's interesting to see that the women of the time seemed to favour that short haircut which makes them look a bit severe. Joan Blondell's hair is the nicest coz it looks the most fluffy.


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