Hired Wife

Hollywood Classics Collection

Five-time Golden Globe winner Rosalind Russell (His Girl Friday, Auntie Mame) stars in this 1940 romantic comedy as Kendal Browning, the crafty and quick-witted assistant to business tycoonStephen Dexter (Brian Aherne, Juarez).

Cat. No: 164463
Barcode: 5019322644637
Run Time: 96 mins
Discs: 1
Cert: U
Format: DVD
Release Date: 6th June 2016

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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