Housewife (1934)

69-70 mins | Melodrama | 11 August 1934

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HISTORY

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
9 Apr 34
p. 17.
Daily Variety
7 May 34
p. 4.
Film Daily
11 Aug 34
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Feb 34
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 34
p. 4.
International Photographer
1 Jun 34
p. 21.
Motion Picture Herald
28 Jul 34
p. 48.
New York Times
10 Aug 34
p. 21.
Variety
14 Aug 34
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Vitaphone Orch cond
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Chief elec
Chief grip
Still photog
SOURCES
SONGS
"Cosmetics by Duprey," music and lyrics by Mort Dixon and Allie Wrubel.
DETAILS
Release Date:
11 August 1934
Production Date:
11 April--7 May 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
21 July 1934
Copyright Number:
LP4845
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
69-70
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
57
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Nan Reynolds works hard to run her household on her husband Bill's small salary. He is dissatisfied with his job as an office manager but is afraid to take a chance. When Bill's company hires Patricia Berkeley, a high-priced copy writer, her success stimulates Nan, who went to high school with Pat, to push Bill into asserting himself at the company. Then when Bill's boss refuses to listen to his ideas, Nan convinces Bill to start his own advertising business with money she has saved from her budget. Business is slow until Nan gets Bill drunk and he manages to land a major account. He then hires Pat and starts spending the evenings with her. When he expresses his guilt for their affair, Pat accuses him of being provincial. Nan becomes aware of the affair but decides to say nothing. Meanwhile, Paul Duprey, one of Bill's top clients, has fallen in love with Nan. He realizes that Nan is behind Bill's best ideas and compliments her in front of Bill. Although Bill wants a divorce, Nan refuses to give it to him, and he angrily leaves the house. Seeing him from a window, Bill's son Buddy runs after him and is hit by a car. Bill changes his mind about the divorce, but in the meantime, Nan has decided to go through with it. Buddy recovers and Paul proposes to Nan. She turns him down and is reunited with Bill during their divorce ... +


Nan Reynolds works hard to run her household on her husband Bill's small salary. He is dissatisfied with his job as an office manager but is afraid to take a chance. When Bill's company hires Patricia Berkeley, a high-priced copy writer, her success stimulates Nan, who went to high school with Pat, to push Bill into asserting himself at the company. Then when Bill's boss refuses to listen to his ideas, Nan convinces Bill to start his own advertising business with money she has saved from her budget. Business is slow until Nan gets Bill drunk and he manages to land a major account. He then hires Pat and starts spending the evenings with her. When he expresses his guilt for their affair, Pat accuses him of being provincial. Nan becomes aware of the affair but decides to say nothing. Meanwhile, Paul Duprey, one of Bill's top clients, has fallen in love with Nan. He realizes that Nan is behind Bill's best ideas and compliments her in front of Bill. Although Bill wants a divorce, Nan refuses to give it to him, and he angrily leaves the house. Seeing him from a window, Bill's son Buddy runs after him and is hit by a car. Bill changes his mind about the divorce, but in the meantime, Nan has decided to go through with it. Buddy recovers and Paul proposes to Nan. She turns him down and is reunited with Bill during their divorce hearing. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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