The Office Wife


The Office Wife
The Office Wife

Poster showing Hobart Bosworth and Dorothy Mackaill
Directed by Lloyd Bacon
Written by Charles Kenyon
based on the novel by Faith Baldwin
Starring Dorothy Mackaill
Lewis Stone
Natalie Moorhead
Joan Blondell
Hobart Bosworth
Music by Alois Reiser
Cinematography William Rees
Editing by George Marks
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) August 23, 1930
Running time 59 min.
Country United States
Language English

The Office Wife is a 1930 American Pre-Code romantic drama film directed by Lloyd Bacon, released by Warner Bros., and based on the novel of the same name by Faith Baldwin. It was the talkie debut for Joan Blondell who would become one of the major Warner Bros. stars for the following nine years.

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Plot

Larry Fellowes (Lewis Stone) believes the personal secretary/stenographer spends more time with the busy executive and makes more decisions than his wife, which creates a stronger bond between secretary and boss than that between husband and wife. He persuades Kate Murdock (Joan Blondell) to write a novel based on this premise with these points and promises of riches.

When Larry's secretary ( Dale Fuller) learns of his plans to marry Linda (Natalie Moorhead), the secretary has a nervous breakdown because she is in love with him herself. A new secretary, Anne Murdock (Dorothy Mackaill), is hired while Larry is on his honeymoon. She is attractive, intelligent and efficient. Larry, a workaholic, begins to neglect his wife working with his secretary, and they both fall in love. Meanwhile, his wife is seeing another man named Mr. Jameson (Brooks Benedict) with whom she falls in love.

Eventually, Larry kisses Anne while they are working together at his apartment, while Linda makes love with her young gigolo. Mr. Jameson gives her the key to his apartment and says goodnight. Linda returns to her husband (after giving them enough time to compose themselves) and tells Larry that they should go to bed as it is very late. Anne watches as Larry goes to the bedroom with his wife and closes the door behind him. She is heartbroken and decides she will give him her resignation in the morning...

Cast

Cameos

  • Dickie Moore makes an appearance in the scene by the pool.

Preservation

The film survives intact and has been broadcast on television and cable.

External links


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