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Guest Wife

4.1 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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There's no turning back when a famous reporter borrows his best friend's wife to fool his boss.

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, Black & White, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD 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 (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DZFKN54
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,955 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Conservative small town Ohio husband and wife are off to NYC when a prankster/rabble-rouser friend of the husband's shows up. From there on the plot is set--the guy has lied to those in his life in NYC about being married to his friend's wife. The movie really didn't do it for me. As I have said I love Colbert. And two her films are my top favorites. But this isn't one of them. I do find it interesting (again) in comparing American society back then to today. I mean you have the hotel investigator lecturing a guy suspected of "immoral behavior" on the Ten Commandments. Today people are suing each other over the presence of the Ten Commandments in court houses and personal prayer in schools. You have a banker secretly adhering to an audit at night before word gets out one of his employees is under suspicion on "moral charges" as people would "lose confidence in the bank and pull their money out" back then. Today bankers are lying/cheating and never go to prison let alone cause banks to fold. But this movie took place long before the foreign invasion of Jews after WWII and the rest of the world thereafter. Oh well. Nice experiment America was I say. Anyway other than this tidbit time capsule of early American culture this movie was a little boring to me.
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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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