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In the tradition of The Palm Beach Story and It Happened One Night - The great Sam Wood (The Devil and Miss Jones) directs this screwball romantic comedy starring Claudette Colbert (Since You Went Away) and her Midnight co-star Don Ameche (Moon Over Miami) about a wild marital mix-up. Determined to impress his old-fashioned sentimental boss, a quick-thinking unmarried foreign correspondent (Ameche) talks his best friend's bride (Colbert) to pose as his wife. When the hoax gets hopelessly out of hand, he nearly ruins the couple's honeymoon and their marriage. The Guest Wife is practically a hidden treasure from Hollywood's heyday of screwball comedies with two legendary stars and a great supporting cast of Charles Dingle, Grant Mitchell, Chester Clute and Richard Foran as Colbert's husband and Ameche's best friend. Beautifully shot in glorious black-and-white by Joseph A. Valentine (Shadow of a Doubt).

Product Details

  • Actors: Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, Dick Foran, Charles Dingle, Grant Mitchell
  • Directors: Sam Wood
  • Writers: Bruce Manning, John D. Klorer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: September 24, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DZFKNNG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,309 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Tee on March 25, 2005
Format: VHS Tape
GUEST WIFE does not have the reputation of Claudette Colbert's greatest comedies, but it's a fine comedy with the beautiful star in fine form. Claudette plays the devoted wife of Dick Foran who finds herself forced to pose as the wife of Foran's best friend, Don Ameche. The sparkling Colbert wit and charm are in full force and the lady at 41 is every bit the beauty she was a decade earlier in her Oscar-winning triumph IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT. Heck, Claudette looked fabulous into her nineties!! This United Artists release, like most of their vintage films from independent producers from the period, rarely plays on television so this video might be your only chance to see this wonderful movie. The film's print is sparkling and the movie is (unusual for a video release) introduced by Roddy McDowell.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A. Andersen on July 29, 1999
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A star turn for Claudette Colbert in an very amusing and well-written comedy. Happily married woman tricked into posing as the wife of her husband's best friend - but the press get ahold of the story and her life and marriage are compromised. Amusing and adult script and marvelous Colbert make this a brisk, breezy and enjoyable film - superbly remastered. Oscar nom for Original Score.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen on February 21, 2011
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Guest Wife is directed by Sam Wood, written by Bruce Manning and John Klorer, and stars Claudette Colbert (Mary), Don Ameche (Joe) and Dick Foran (Chris). The story tells of a journalist, Joe, who claims to his boss that he is married because the company would like their employees to be as such, and Joe wants to take some vacation leave. But he happens to still be single. Something that's now a major problem since his boss requests the company of Joe and wife for the weekend! His pal Chris lends him his wife Mary so as to bluff his boss into agreement, however, things start to get complicated.

Obviously hampered by the strict censorship that existed at the time of its making, Guest Wife none the less is a cheeky little comedy that boasts fun acting and a safe and solid script.. Tho referred to as a screwball comedy in some quarters, I feel that doesn't quite do the film any favours. Yes the gags are breezy enough, but they are hardly of the whirlwind scattergun variety. The interplay between the wonderful Colbert and the charming Ameche is spot on, even if the heavy cloud of censorship tone downs stops the material from being fully realised into a classic comedy must see. There's an itch about just who we are supposed to root for since Chris is a nice guy and Mary clearly loves him, and of course Joe is a bit of a cad when one considers his deception. Yet we are in the company of Mary and Joe for the most part, which although it be a fake marriage, it's a nice coupling. So either way come the end some viewers will be left disappointed.

Safe and tidy, with the film as a whole more likely to leave you with a smile more than a beaming grin. 6.5/10
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By }Kitty Palace on November 9, 2013
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I loved the movie. Claudette did a great job in her performance. Loved the story line and she sure turned things
around on Don Ameche!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NHMovieLover on February 16, 2014
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This is a fun movie for those who like romantic comedies. Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche team up again in this cute story about two friends and the predicament that one gets himself into. Don Ameche finds himself having to borrow his best friends wife in order to fool his boss that she is his wife. Let the laughter start. Do they pull it off or don't they? A great light and airy comedy for the whole family.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KRC2880 on March 1, 2014
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Hilarious. I really enjoy a good screwball comedy, and this was a great one! I collect screwball comedies and was so glad to add this one to my collection. Even though my husband and I are from a much younger generation, these were the movies that were genuinely funny with wonderful actors!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DMT on March 26, 2014
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The film was very entertaining and funny. You could not have asked for a better cast. And If you are a fan of Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche you will enjoy this film.
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This was a movie I found among the Miss Colbert collections. I think she was a superb actress. This movie is an older one of hers but still fun to watch. It is Claudette enchanting us with her charm and witt. Good picture and quality of film was good.
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