- 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
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.
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...
- Dorothy Mackaill as Anne Murdock
- Lewis Stone as Larry Fellowes
- Natalie Moorhead as Linda Fellowes
- Hobart Bosworth as J.P. McGowan
- Joan Blondell as Katherine Murdock
- Blanche Friderici as Kate Halsey
- Brooks Benedict as Jameson
- Dale Fuller as Secretary Andrews
- Walter Merrill as Ted O'Hara
- Dickie Moore makes an appearance in the scene by the pool.
The film survives intact and has been broadcast on television and cable.
Films directed by Lloyd Bacon 1920s 1930sShe Couldn't Say No (1930) · Moby Dick (1930) · The Office Wife (1930) · Fifty Million Frenchmen (1931) · Kept Husbands (1931) · Sit Tight (1931) · Gold Dust Gertie (1931) · Honor of the Family (1931) · Manhattan Parade (1931) · 42nd Street (1933) · Picture Snatcher (1933) · Footlight Parade (1933) · Wonder Bar (1934) · Here Comes the Navy (1934) · In Caliente (1935) · Frisco Kid (1935) · Cain and Mabel (1936) · Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936) · Marked Woman (1937) · Ever Since Eve (1937) · San Quentin (1937) · A Slight Case of Murder (1938) · Cowboy from Brooklyn (1938) · Wings of the Navy (1939) · The Oklahoma Kid (1939) · Espionage Agent (1939) · Invisible Stripes (1939) 1940sBrother Orchid (1940) · Knute Rockne, All American (1940) · Footsteps in the Dark (1941) · Larceny, Inc. (1942) · Silver Queen (1942) · Action in the North Atlantic (1943) · The Fighting Sullivans (1944) · Sunday Dinner for a Soldier (1944) · Wake Up and Dream (1946) · Home Sweet Homicide (1946) · I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now (1947) · You Were Meant for Me (1948) · Mother Is a Freshman (1949) · It Happens Every Spring (1949) · Miss Grant Takes Richmond (1949) 1950s
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