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  • Actors: Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, May Robson, George Barbier
  • Directors: Clarence Brown
  • Writers: Alice Duer Miller, Faith Baldwin, John Lee Mahin, Norman Krasna
  • Producers: Clarence Brown, Hunt Stromberg
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
  • VHS Release Date: September 19, 1997
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302224411
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,440 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Three of Hollywood's Legends grace this romantic comedy-drama. Desirable, and successful publisher Van Sanford (Clark Gable) is completely in love with his beautiful wife Linda (Mryna Loy). But, his intense business affairs require the attentions of another beautiful woman, his secretary Whitey (Jean harlow). When Van's secret takeover of another publisher forces him to spend nearly all his time with Whitey sparks begin. Wife Linda's jealous imaginings set off a chain reaction that may send her husband into the arms of his secretary for good. Veteran Clarence Brown (Anna Karenina) directs a film ripe with romance, comedy, drama & conflict. "It has everything - a trio of top-line stars...and a story that will thoroughly satisfy both women & men." - The Hollywwod Reporter. Top-rate entertainment! a must-see for Classic motion picture buffs.

Customer Reviews

I have often liked her in movies, but, none as much as this one.
HAPPY
The boss and secretary are NOT having an affair nor does it cross their minds, though the secretary does love Van.
E. (Harry) Hernandez
Myrna Loy is also her usual wonderful self as Gable's wife; the scenes between Loy and Gable are delightful.
jenbird

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on February 23, 2008
Format: DVD
WIFE VS. SECRETARY (directed in 1936 by Clarence Brown) is a brisk programmer starring three of MGM's best of the period: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy and Jean Harlow. It was based on a story by Faith Baldwin which originally appeared in Cosmopolitan Magazine.

Van Stanhope (Clark Gable) is a successful publishing tycoon whose marriage with lovely wife Linda (Myrna Loy) is put to the test when rumours about an affair with Van's secretary 'Whitey' (Jean Harlow) start to circulate. At first, Linda dismisses it as gossip, but later comes to the conclusion it must be true, following a whirlwind business trip to Havana...

Jean Harlow is the one who'll really surprise you in this movie. In a performance worlds away from the zingy dames she played in "Dinner at Eight" and "Red Dust", Harlow is incredibly naturalistic with her character of 'Whitey', Van's efficient, no-nonsense secretary. Observe closely her scenes with Clark Gable (especially during the Havana sequence) and her final scene with Myrna Loy. Very rarely did Harlow convey so much by doing so little on the screen.

Gable and Loy conjure up a very healthy screen chemistry. WIFE VS. SECRETARY also features an early performance from James Stewart, playing Harlow's lanky boyfriend. The supporting cast includes May Robson, George Barbier and Hobart Cavenaugh.

The DVD also includes the 'Crime Does Not Pay' short "The Public Pays" (which recycled the sets used in WIFE VS. SECRETARY), musical short "New Shoes", and the trailer. (Single-sided, dual-layer disc).
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By jenbird on February 26, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
There are several reasons why this is one of my favorite classic movies. Clark Gable is charming as a publisher who runs into trouble when his relationship with his secretary (Jean Harlow) leads to misunderstandings with his wife (Myrna Loy). Jean Harlow gives perhaps one of her best performances in an unusual (for her) "good girl" role as Whitey, the secretary who secretly loves Gable but ends up helping to save his marriage. Myrna Loy is also her usual wonderful self as Gable's wife; the scenes between Loy and Gable are delightful. Jimmy Stewart also shines in a small role as Harlow's boyfriend. There's drama, romance, and even a bit of comedy---everything you could ask for in one of the old Hollywood classics.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Linda McDonnell on August 27, 2001
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A tough choice for executive Clark Gable, poor fella! He thinks he has the best of both worlds: a wonderful wife, Myrna Loy, and a really great secretary, Jean Harlow. And he's on the up and up--no funny business with the secretary, strictly business. Then folks start putting ideas in Myrna's head, and before you know it, Bang! is Clark in trouble. An enjoyable movie, which makes the audience wonder if Clark will indeed take up with the secretary, since he and Harlow had been the romantic interest in movies before. Settle yourself by the ringside and see which lady gets the Gable.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Wife Vs. Secretary is an example of a film that was written with very realistic relationships in mind. Clark Gable is top notch and Jean Harlow shows her dramatic range as a highly efficient sectretary. Myrna Loy plays the wife who trusts her husband until... Think about the times that you have had to work late or out of town for your company on a project you couldn't even tell your spouse about yet! Of course there is a mother in law and a boyfriend to add to the dramatic tension. This is one of the most enjoyable movies I have seen in years. The chemistry between these top stars is a joy to observe. This film is well worth tracking down and owning.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Silver Screen on March 16, 2006
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"Wife Vs. Secretary", a little known film from MGM in 1936 is a true gem. The story is fairly formula stuff, nothing that MGM hadn't tried before in one format or another - - but it's the lead actors that make this diamond sparkle.

Clark Gable is Van Stanford, a devoted, loving husband who has been married to his lovely wife Linda (Myrna Loy) for three years, with nary a bump in the road. All that changes one day when Van's mother (May Robson) makes an innocent comment to Linda about how dependent Van is on his secretary, Whitey (Jean Harlow) and what a lovely girl Whitey is. Immediately, Linda begins getting suspicious and concerned about Van's "true" feelings for Whitey. The time that Van and Whitey are forced to spend together due to work, and several small situations that are taken out of context, convince Linda that Van is cheating on her with Whitey and she makes plan to divorce Van and sail off for Europe.

Will Linda leave? Will Van let her? Does Whitey really love Van?

All three leads are perfectly charming and playing against type. Gable plays a loving, sensitive husband - -and very well - - rather than his usual tough guy or bad guy role. He is very convincing as a devoted businessman - - devoted to both his wife and his job. He is also surprisingly convincing playing the scenes where he truly does not understand why his wife would think anything untoward was going on with his secretary.

Myrna Loy played, in her own words, probably the sexiest wife she had been allowed to play up to this point in her career. It's obvious that she and Van have a very passionate and sexual relationship. Additionally, Loy is dressed to the nines in beautiful creations by Dolly Tree.

Jean Harlow is perhaps cast the most against type.
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