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Guest Wife
     

Guest Wife

Director: Sam Wood

Cast: Claudette Colbert, Don Ameche, Dick Foran

 

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This screwball comedy stars Claudette Colbert as Mary, the wife of bumbling but likeable banker Chris (Dick Foran). Foreign correspondent Joe (Don Ameche) Chris' best friend, is in danger of losing his job because he's not married (his boss insists that all his employees be married-and remember, bosses could get away with this in 1945!) Mary magnamimously offers to

Overview

This screwball comedy stars Claudette Colbert as Mary, the wife of bumbling but likeable banker Chris (Dick Foran). Foreign correspondent Joe (Don Ameche) Chris' best friend, is in danger of losing his job because he's not married (his boss insists that all his employees be married-and remember, bosses could get away with this in 1945!) Mary magnamimously offers to pose as Joe's wife, leading to all sorts of comic misunderstandings-the silliest of which finds Mary being accused of living in sin with her real husband. As one critic put it, "It's oh-ho time!" Guest Wife might have even been funnier had it not been hampered by the stringest censorship of the era.

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All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Guest Wife is an enjoyable little comedy; what keeps it from being much more so is fairly easy to spot from the summary of its plot: Sly reporter convinces wife of best friend to pose as his own wife in order to fool his boss into thinking he's married. This is the kind of set-up in which the viewer is bound to spend a considerable amount of time watching the interplay between the reporter and his fake wife, and therefore there better be some chemistry between the two or the viewer is going to get bored. But if there's chemistry between the two, the viewer is going to want the two of them to get together in the end, which would not be acceptable to the censors active in 1945. And so viewers are frustrated because the chemistry between Claudette Colbert and Don Ameche has to be toned down somewhat, but not so much that one still doesn't root for them and feel cheated when Colbert goes back to her (perfectly nice) husband. Had it been made a few decades later, there could have been changes that would have solved this problem: Colbert could indeed have left her husband for Ameche. Or Ameche's character could have been shown as gay, in which case the audience would have been free to enjoy their interplay without wanting them to become romantically involved. Or there could have been a more in-depth look at the characters and their desires, whatever the eventual outcome. Without any of these options, Wife ends up as mildly entertaining but not memorable, despite a wonderful performance from Colbert and very fine work from Ameche and a solid supporting cast.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2013
UPC:
0887090073400
Original Release:
1945
Rating:
NR
Source:
Olive Films
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
34,314

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Claudette Colbert Mary
Don Ameche Joe
Dick Foran Chris
Charles Dingle Worth
Grant Mitchell Detective
Wilma Francis Susy
Chester Clute Urban Nichols
Irving Bacon Nosey character
Hal K. Dawson Dennis
Edward Fielding Arnold

Technical Credits
Sam Wood Director
Daniele Amfitheatrof Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Lionel Banks Art Director
John Klorer Screenwriter
Bruce Manning Screenwriter
William Morgan Editor
George Sawley Set Decoration/Design
Jack H. Skirball Producer
Joseph A. Valentine Cinematographer

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