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Wife Vs Secretary VHS
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.
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TITLE: Wife vs. Secretary (1936) • NR • 1:27:33
Clark Gable, Jean Harlow, Myrna Loy, James Stewart
Clarence Brown (Director)
Three of Hollywood's biggest stars of the 1930s (Gable, Harlow and Loy) in the same movie! Before we get too far into the review, now seems like a good time to remind you that while watching this movie (or any other classic movie, for that matter) it is best to keep in mind the era in which it was made — because, applying modern values and sensibilities to this movie will TOTALLY miss its point (and, very probably make you angry [or, otherwise offend you in some way])!
Now, with that out of the way, I'm sure to women with modern ways of thinking, the character played by Clark Gable is like a mythical creature: a unicorn, for example — because, he is MADLY in love with wife, works to make HER happy, is generous and loving towards HER, and couldn't possibly imagine being with anyone else! So, imagine his dismay when his loving wife (Myrna Loy) — egged on by the whispering-in-her-ear of the small-minded, salacious and jealous females that surround her — requests that he get rid of his eminently qualified, and highly-intelligent, secretary (Jean Harlow, in a decidedly different kind of role for her); a woman, by the way, in whom he has no romantic (or sexual) interest. He refuses to do so — and, then (in typical comedic movie fashion) harmless events unfold that serve to validate his wife's (and the other, aforementioned, females) worst fears.
Though this movie is an old-fashioned comedy, there are still a significant number of scenes that express some very wise (and, thought-provoking) comments on the nature (and necessity) of trust and understanding in a successful long-term relation. Also, while watching it, I would urge you to keep in mind the phrase "Love and Sacrifice" — because true love, as it is often said, means doing what's best for the object of your affection (even, if you don't directly benefit from it [probably, ESPECIALLY when you don't directly benefit from it]). With this in mind, particularly, when examining the actions of Whitey (Harlow) the secretary — especially towards the end of the movie — I'm sure that you will see this movie in a VERY interesting (and, VERY enjoyable) light. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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VIDEO: 1.33:1 • B&W • 480p • MPEG-2 (5.7 Mbps)
Unfortunately this classic film is in desperate need of a major restoration and re-mastering. There are MANY instances of artifacts such as black specks and white dots — and, they appear very frequently and are often fairly large in size. Also, the image is a little soft and low in contrast, probably because of the age of the source elements. Picture quality is definitely NOT the best you'll ever see, but the movie is still (mostly) watchable.
AUDIO: Dolby Digital 1.0 (192 Kbps)
The dialog of this soundtrack is very clear and easily understood. However, dynamic range is limited, and there is not much bottom-end nor any top-end to speak of (which makes the musical score sound a little 'thin' and less than realistic). Otherwise, considering the age of the source elements and the fact that this is a monophonic, dialog-driven movie from the mid 1930s, this film's soundtrack has acceptable sound quality.
EXTRAS: Musical Short: New Shoes
Crime Doesn't Pay Short: The Public Pays
None of the extras were reviewed.
"Happy? I don't know! You've never shown me anything else." -- Linda
A Cosmopolitan Magazine story by Faith Baldwin was purchased by MGM and fashioned for a great trio of big stars by Norman Krasna, John Lee Mahin, and Alice Duer Miller. Director Clarence Brown was given all the gloss and star power that could be finagled. The results were warm and romantic, a film with fun and a message urging viewers to just believe in someone and enjoy love, adding depth to what could have been just enjoyable fluff.
V.S. (Clark Gable) and Linda (Myrna Loy) are a couple happily and playfully in love, enjoying to the full all the wonderful pleasures of being married and truly in love. Loy is magnificent here, and so adorable that you get a real sense of how special she was as a star and actress. This is also one of Gable's most likable characters, and performances. He's fun to watch, and so is she, their playful joy as a couple making the film bright, as if someone threw a big dose of sunshine at the screen. They imbue the film with energy and love so warm and fun it must have nearly spilled into moviegoers' laps with the popcorn when it was released.
Equally warm and fun is Van's relationship with his wonderful secretary, Whitey Wilson (Jean Harlow). She's smart and spectacular, and his right arm. It is this close relationship Linda's mother-in-law (May Robson) worries about, planting seeds of doubt in a garden hitherto barren of weeds, only bearing sweet fruits. When V.S. must keep secret a sweet deal to take over a magazine, and spend even more time with Whitey, finally ending up in exotic Havana with her rather than his wife, those weeds begin to choke out the roots of Linda's love, breaking her heart. Whitey has her own problems, however, her beau Dave (James Stewart) wanting her to quit her job and something important to her self-worth before they marry.
Harlow gets to be Harlow here, a nice girl who just happens to be a knockout; a character much closer to her own personality than others she played onscreen. Humor and warmth blend with romance in this enjoyable film, the absence of a "bad girl" within the triangle refreshing. Whitey is indeed anything but a problem, but might not have the will to resist the boss she adores and take him on the rebound if the hurt Linda doesn't realize she's made a big mistake of trust. It is Whitey who will make the most loving gesture in fact, sacrificing what might be for herself, for a happiness much greater between two people who truly can't be happy without the other. Jean Harlow is a good girl here, and it fits like a glove.
A rare and wonderful tone and a gorgeous cast all make this story a pleasure to watch. A must see classic for fans of any or all of these stars. Great fun.
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