Don't Tell the Wife (1937)

62-63 mins | Comedy | 5 March 1937

Director:

Christy Cabanne

Writer:

Nat Perrin

Cinematographer:

Harry Wild

Editor:

Jack Hively

Production Designer:

Van Nest Polglase

Production Company:

RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title of the film was Once over Lightly. According to FD, Guy Kibbee replaced Fred Stone in the film's lead. RKO borrowed Kibbee from Warner Bros., Una Merkel from M-G-M and Lynne Overman from Paramount for the production. HR news items add Mary Gordon and Ted Thompson to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. ...

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The working title of the film was Once over Lightly. According to FD, Guy Kibbee replaced Fred Stone in the film's lead. RKO borrowed Kibbee from Warner Bros., Una Merkel from M-G-M and Lynne Overman from Paramount for the production. HR news items add Mary Gordon and Ted Thompson to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
20 Jan 1937
p. 3
Film Daily
25 Nov 1936
p. 14
Film Daily
20 Feb 1937
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
24 Nov 1936
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
30 Nov 1936
p. 18
Hollywood Reporter
7 Dec 1936
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
9 Dec 1937
p. 19
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 1937
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
21 Jan 1937
p. 6
Motion Picture Herald
27 Feb 1937
p. 60
New York Times
19 Feb 1937
p. 15
Variety
24 Feb 1937
p. 15
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Harry Wilde
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Vernon Walker
Spec eff
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Once Over Lightly by George Holland (production undetermined).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Once over Lightly
Release Date:
5 March 1937
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 18 Feb 1937
Production Date:
late Nov--mid Dec 1936
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
24 February 1937
LP6939
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62-63
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2915
SYNOPSIS

Immediately upon his release from prison, confidence artist Major Manning recruits his cohorts for a stock market scam involving a gold mine he had won gambling with a rich cellmate. Sure that the new scheme is arrest-proof, Manning then talks former gang member Steven Dorsey, who has "retired" to the country with his wife Nancy, into joining the operation. To secure the necessary capital, Dorsey tries to convince Nancy that the deal is legal and worthy of a $50,000 loan from their joint bank account by claiming that "Wall Street Winthrop" has endorsed the stock. Ever suspicious, Nancy insists upon meeting "Winthrop," thus forcing Steven to comb the city for a willing dupe named Winthrop. Eventually the gang produces Malcolm J. Winthrop, the wide-eyed financial editor of a Yonkers newspaper, whom they "hire" as the president of their new company, "The House of Winthrop Investments." Convinced by Malcolm, Nancy gives Steven the money, and veteran solicitors begin selling the "Golden Dream" stock over the telephone. To keep Malcolm busy, Steven encourages him to sell the stock to his Yonkers' friends, but forgets to tell him not to put any promises in writing. When one of the friends to whom Malcolm has written then contacts Inspector Mallory about a possible fraud, Mallory demands to see Malcolm. Although Steven tries to keep Malcolm away from Mallory, Malcolm discovers the gang's plot and, with a furious Nancy, threatens to confess all to the police. On the way to police headquarters, however, Malcolm, sensing Nancy's love for her incorrigible mate, decides to fly to New Mexico to inspect the mine. When Malcolm learns that the ...

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Immediately upon his release from prison, confidence artist Major Manning recruits his cohorts for a stock market scam involving a gold mine he had won gambling with a rich cellmate. Sure that the new scheme is arrest-proof, Manning then talks former gang member Steven Dorsey, who has "retired" to the country with his wife Nancy, into joining the operation. To secure the necessary capital, Dorsey tries to convince Nancy that the deal is legal and worthy of a $50,000 loan from their joint bank account by claiming that "Wall Street Winthrop" has endorsed the stock. Ever suspicious, Nancy insists upon meeting "Winthrop," thus forcing Steven to comb the city for a willing dupe named Winthrop. Eventually the gang produces Malcolm J. Winthrop, the wide-eyed financial editor of a Yonkers newspaper, whom they "hire" as the president of their new company, "The House of Winthrop Investments." Convinced by Malcolm, Nancy gives Steven the money, and veteran solicitors begin selling the "Golden Dream" stock over the telephone. To keep Malcolm busy, Steven encourages him to sell the stock to his Yonkers' friends, but forgets to tell him not to put any promises in writing. When one of the friends to whom Malcolm has written then contacts Inspector Mallory about a possible fraud, Mallory demands to see Malcolm. Although Steven tries to keep Malcolm away from Mallory, Malcolm discovers the gang's plot and, with a furious Nancy, threatens to confess all to the police. On the way to police headquarters, however, Malcolm, sensing Nancy's love for her incorrigible mate, decides to fly to New Mexico to inspect the mine. When Malcolm learns that the mine actually is brimming with gold, he returns to New York and uses Nancy's money to buy shares through reputable stockbrokers. In the meantime, Cupid, a dim-witted gang member, sells Inspector Mallory 200 shares of the stock and promises him in writing that they will "go to ten" in a week. To save themselves, the gang desperately starts buying back all of the previously sold shares, hoping to drive the price up, but discover too late that Nancy's money is gone. As Nancy prepares to leave Steven for Europe, Malcolm shows up and reveals the truth about Golden Dream. Reformed, Steven then rushes to stop now rich Nancy at the dock.

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