Dear Wife (1950)

96 or 98 mins | Comedy-drama | February 1950

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HISTORY

The opening credits read as follows: "Written for the screen by Arthur Sheekman and N. Richard Nash as a sequel to Norman Krasna's Dear Ruth ." Although the MPH release chart and copyright records list the film's running time as 96 or 98 min., the running time is listed as 87 or 88 min. in reviews such as DV , which was based on a press screening. It has not been determined if the discrepancy reflects an error in running times, or if further edits were made after the film's initial preview. According to a HR news item, some scenes were filmed on location in Beverly Hills, CA. For further information on the "Dear Ruth" series, see the entry above for Dear Ruth , and consult the Series ... More Less

The opening credits read as follows: "Written for the screen by Arthur Sheekman and N. Richard Nash as a sequel to Norman Krasna's Dear Ruth ." Although the MPH release chart and copyright records list the film's running time as 96 or 98 min., the running time is listed as 87 or 88 min. in reviews such as DV , which was based on a press screening. It has not been determined if the discrepancy reflects an error in running times, or if further edits were made after the film's initial preview. According to a HR news item, some scenes were filmed on location in Beverly Hills, CA. For further information on the "Dear Ruth" series, see the entry above for Dear Ruth , and consult the Series Index. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
12 Nov 1949.
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Daily Variety
7 Nov 49
p. 3.
Film Daily
15 Nov 49
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Dec 48
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jan 49
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jan 49
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jan 49
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jan 49
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jan 49
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 49
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Feb 49
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Feb 49
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Feb 49
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Feb 49
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Nov 49
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
12 Nov 49
p. 81.
New York Times
2 Feb 50
p. 31.
Variety
9 Nov 49
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Wrt for the screen by
Wrt for the screen by
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Asst cam
Cam op
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Ed supv
Asst film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Incidental mus by
Incidental mus by
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv
Stage eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Norman Krasna.
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
February 1950
Production Date:
5 January--early February 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
17 February 1950
Copyright Number:
LP2857
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
96 or 98
Length(in reels):
11
Country:
United States
PCA No:
13699
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Teenager Miriam Wilkins goes door-to-door, petitioning to get her brother-in-law, Bill Seacroft, elected to the state senate without his knowledge. Bill, a war veteran who works at a bank, is frustrated by living with his wife Ruth's family because he does not feel independent. Everyone is shocked when they learn that Ruth's father Harry, a judge, has been nominated to run as state senator, and that Bill will be his opponent. Although Harry accepts the idea with equanimity, he is outraged when opinionated Miriam publishes an article in the local newspaper in which she describes him as a political "fathead." Dissension soon erupts in the household. Ruth becomes jealous of Bill's beautiful female campaign manager, Tommy Murphy, and Harry's manager, Albert Kummer, who was once Ruth's fiancé and is Bill's boss, encourages the conflict. As Bill starts to take his campaign seriously, he publicly opposes Harry on the issue of a new local airport, which would force many residents out of their homes. One morning, Miriam uses her influence as secretary of the Civic Betterment Committee to arrange a live radio broadcast from her home. The broadcast is a disaster because everyone is angry at one another, and Bill and Ruth separate after she stubbornly refuses to join him and move out of the house. Harry disapproves of the separation, and he later tips off Bill about a duplex that Ruth is showing in her new job as a real estate agent. Bill rents the duplex and he and Ruth almost reunite, but she is still too jealous of Bill, whose relationship with Tommy is strictly business, to move in. Later, however, Tommy admits ... +


Teenager Miriam Wilkins goes door-to-door, petitioning to get her brother-in-law, Bill Seacroft, elected to the state senate without his knowledge. Bill, a war veteran who works at a bank, is frustrated by living with his wife Ruth's family because he does not feel independent. Everyone is shocked when they learn that Ruth's father Harry, a judge, has been nominated to run as state senator, and that Bill will be his opponent. Although Harry accepts the idea with equanimity, he is outraged when opinionated Miriam publishes an article in the local newspaper in which she describes him as a political "fathead." Dissension soon erupts in the household. Ruth becomes jealous of Bill's beautiful female campaign manager, Tommy Murphy, and Harry's manager, Albert Kummer, who was once Ruth's fiancé and is Bill's boss, encourages the conflict. As Bill starts to take his campaign seriously, he publicly opposes Harry on the issue of a new local airport, which would force many residents out of their homes. One morning, Miriam uses her influence as secretary of the Civic Betterment Committee to arrange a live radio broadcast from her home. The broadcast is a disaster because everyone is angry at one another, and Bill and Ruth separate after she stubbornly refuses to join him and move out of the house. Harry disapproves of the separation, and he later tips off Bill about a duplex that Ruth is showing in her new job as a real estate agent. Bill rents the duplex and he and Ruth almost reunite, but she is still too jealous of Bill, whose relationship with Tommy is strictly business, to move in. Later, however, Tommy admits that she has fallen for Bill, but he rejects her advances. When Ruth accepts a job in Chicago, Miriam decides to reunite her sister with Bill, and convinces him to take her to a dance, as she is having a fight with her boyfriend Ziggy. Ruth, however, is already on her way to the train station with Albert, who hopes to renew their relationship, so Harry arranges for the police to arrest Albert for bad brakes. Albert and Ruth are brought into court, and Harry insists that they remain in town for a trial until the next week. At the dance, Albert informs Bill that he has been disqualified as a candidate because he moved to another district, and Harry's sponsor announces that land will be donated to any homeowners displaced by the new airport. With the political conflict resolved, Bill gives Albert a black-eye for interfering, and Harry lectures Ruth about her wifely duties. Ruth and Bill finally reunite, and Miriam starts a new petition to nominate him for state senator. +

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