When Stephen – a bigwig bachelor with a penchant for blondes – faces a hostile takeover from a rival company, he’s advised to enter into a sham marriage, putting his assets in a new wife’s name to avoid bankruptcy.
Though the CEO fancies model Phyllis Walden (Virginia Bruce), Kendal – whose love for Stephen has burned secretly for months – has other ideas about her boss’s impending engagement. As Kendal wards off Phyllis and Stephen fights to keep his business afloat, sparks fly, and fizzle, and fly again – while laughs abound throughout it all.
With strong supporting performances from John Carroll (Go West) and Robert Benchley (Foreign Correspondent), who “comes close to stealing the show as a comic lawyer-pal” – The Times, Hired Wife remains a timeless, sparkling showcase of some of the era’s brightest comic talents.
“Russell’s magnificent self-possession, her ability to fling a barbed retort, her vast superiority over lesser females in matters requiring manoeuvre and her cool, crisp beauty withal clinch it… she’s perfect” – The New York Times