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Housewife
     

Housewife

Director: Alfred E. Green

Cast: George Brent, Bette Davis, Ann Dvorak

 
A pre-stardom Bette Davis struggles mightily as the "other woman" in this rather obvious divorce court drama from Warner Bros. George Brent stars as William Reynolds, a hardworking but markedly unmotivated office manager whose wife, Nan (Ann Dvorak), manages to make ends meet with the little she's got. Enter Patricia Berkeley (Davis), a high-powered advertising exec,

Overview

A pre-stardom Bette Davis struggles mightily as the "other woman" in this rather obvious divorce court drama from Warner Bros. George Brent stars as William Reynolds, a hardworking but markedly unmotivated office manager whose wife, Nan (Ann Dvorak), manages to make ends meet with the little she's got. Enter Patricia Berkeley (Davis), a high-powered advertising exec, with whom William falls madly in love. Does he leave the little wife for the glamorous co-worker? Well almost, but all bets are off when young Buddy Reynolds (Ronnie Cosbey) is hit by a car and nearly killed.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Both Barbara Stanwyck and Genevieve Tobin reportedly turned down the chance of playing the "other woman" in this rather tedious melodrama, the role instead going to young Bette Davis, who, perhaps as a reward for courage, is given co-star billing above nominal leading lady Ann Dvorak. Not yet at the top of her game, Davis is rather obvious as the calculating femme fatale and the acting laurels -- the few there are -- instead goes to the always dependable Ann Dvorak as the betrayed wife.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/01/2011
UPC:
0883316396131
Original Release:
1934
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:09:00
Sales rank:
45,930

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Brent William Reynolds
Bette Davis Patricia Barclay
Ann Dvorak Nan Wilson Reynolds
John Halliday Paul Duprey
Ruth Donnelly Dora Wilson
Hobart Cavanaugh George Wilson
Robert H. Barrat Sam Blake
Joseph Cawthorn Kruger
Phil Regan Hathaway, the Crooner
Willard Robertson Judge
Leila Bennett Jennie
Harry Tyler Plumber
Charles Coleman Bolton
Ronnie Cosbey Buddy
William "Wild Bill" Elliott Clerk
Eula Guy Miss Finch
Jonathan Hale Doctor
John T. Murray Salesman
Lee Phelps Court Clerk
Leo White Waiter

Technical Credits
Alfred E. Green Director
Mort Dixon Score Composer,Songwriter
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
James Gibbon Editor
Robert M. Haas Art Director
Lillie Hayward Original Story,Screenwriter
Robert Lord Original Story,Producer
William Rees Cinematographer
Manuel Seff Screenwriter
Jack L. Warner Producer
Allie Wrubel Score Composer,Songwriter

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