Wife Wanted (1946)

70 mins | Drama | 2 November 1946

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HISTORY

Actress Teala Loring's name was misspelled in the credits as ... More Less

Actress Teala Loring's name was misspelled in the credits as "Tela." More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
2 Nov 1946.
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Daily Variety
17 Oct 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
30 Oct 46
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Jun 46
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Jul 46
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Oct 46
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
10 Aug 46
p. 3138.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
26 Oct 46
pp. 3273-74.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Tech dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Supv ed
COSTUMES
Miss Francis' gowns by
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Suggested by the novel Wife Wanted: An Unusual Human Story by Robert E. Callahan (New York, 1940).
SONGS
"There Wasn't a Moon," music and lyrics by Edgar Hayes.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
2 November 1946
Production Date:
mid June--early July 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Monogram Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
14 October 1946
Copyright Number:
LP639
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
11843
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After Hollywood talent agent Philip Conway tells film actress Carole Raymond that he has not been able to find work for her, he suggests that she meet real estate agent Jeffrey Caldwell, who is seeking a partner from the motion picture industry. Desperate, Carole accepts the job, not realizing that Caldwell's real business interest is the Affiliated Friendship Club, a matrimonial dating service, in the office next door. When she learns about the club, Carole flatly refuses to participate, after which Caldwell persuades her to take prospective buyer Walter Desmond to see a house in Pacific Palisades. On a grand balcony overlooking the cliffs, Desmond writes a check for the house, then mentions the club and makes advances toward Carole. Furious, Carole goes inside to phone Caldwell, but is unable to reach him. Meanwhile, a shadowy figure approaches Desmond from inside the house and pushes him off the balcony. When Carole returns to the balcony, she notices that the check is missing, then sees Desmond's corpse lying on the rocks below. Terrified, Carole races home, and the next morning, Desmond's "suicide" is headline news. At Caldwell's office, when Carole complains about being set up, he threatens to finger her for the murder. Later, Caldwell tells the district attorney that he gave Desmond the key so that he could inspect the house by himself. Hoping to expose Caldwell's racket, reporter Bill Tyler poses as a lonely sheep rancher from Utah. Meanwhile, at a bar, Carole meets an old friend, actress Mildred Hayes, who says she has nowhere to stay. Carole takes Mildred home, and the next morning, Mildred says she met ... +


After Hollywood talent agent Philip Conway tells film actress Carole Raymond that he has not been able to find work for her, he suggests that she meet real estate agent Jeffrey Caldwell, who is seeking a partner from the motion picture industry. Desperate, Carole accepts the job, not realizing that Caldwell's real business interest is the Affiliated Friendship Club, a matrimonial dating service, in the office next door. When she learns about the club, Carole flatly refuses to participate, after which Caldwell persuades her to take prospective buyer Walter Desmond to see a house in Pacific Palisades. On a grand balcony overlooking the cliffs, Desmond writes a check for the house, then mentions the club and makes advances toward Carole. Furious, Carole goes inside to phone Caldwell, but is unable to reach him. Meanwhile, a shadowy figure approaches Desmond from inside the house and pushes him off the balcony. When Carole returns to the balcony, she notices that the check is missing, then sees Desmond's corpse lying on the rocks below. Terrified, Carole races home, and the next morning, Desmond's "suicide" is headline news. At Caldwell's office, when Carole complains about being set up, he threatens to finger her for the murder. Later, Caldwell tells the district attorney that he gave Desmond the key so that he could inspect the house by himself. Hoping to expose Caldwell's racket, reporter Bill Tyler poses as a lonely sheep rancher from Utah. Meanwhile, at a bar, Carole meets an old friend, actress Mildred Hayes, who says she has nowhere to stay. Carole takes Mildred home, and the next morning, Mildred says she met a man at a friendship club who robbed her of everything she had. While Carole is forced to have dinner with Bill, Mildred considers jumping from the window of Carole's high rise apartment. Fortunately, Carole returns in time to stop her, and when they see a newspaper report that Desmond had met a mysterious woman through a matrimonial agency, Mildred says Desmond was the man who robbed her. Later, Caldwell sees the article and instructs his wife and secretary, Nola Reed, to search for Mildred, then tells Carole to persuade Bill to invest in a phony land deal. Before leaving, Carole instructs Mildred not to answer the telephone, except when she phones at exactly 4:30. Carole, however, forgets to phone, and when Nola phones looking for Carole, Mildred answers and identifies herself. Soon, Caldwell, afraid that she may implicate him in the murder, arrives at Carole's apartment planning to kill Mildred. Believing that Carole has returned, Mildred opens the door, sees Caldwell and runs into the corridor. After falling down a flight of stairs, Mildred is rushed to the hospital. Meanwhile, Carole confesses to Bill that the land deal is a scam, but says her love for him is real. Later, Carole remembers to phone Mildred, gets no answer and rushes home. Carole then goes to Caldwell's office and demands to know where Mildred is. He tells Carole that Mildred is at the house in Pacific Palisades, but when she arrives, Caldwell and Nola force her at gunpoint to endorse Desmond's check, which was made payable to both Caldwell and Carole. Meanwhile, Bill alerts the police, who arrive just in time to arrest Caldwell and Nola. The mystery solved, Bill and Carole embrace. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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