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Dear Wife (1949)

Approved | | Comedy | 15 November 1949 (USA)
Thanks to political activist teen Miriam, her brother-in-law and father find themselves rival candidates for state senator.

Director:

Richard Haydn

Writers:

Arthur Sheekman (written for the screen by), N. Richard Nash (written for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
William Holden ... Bill Seacroft
Joan Caulfield ... Ruth Seacroft
Billy De Wolfe ... Albert Kummer
Mona Freeman ... Miriam Wilkins
Edward Arnold ... Judge Harry Wilkins
Arleen Whelan ... Tommy Murphy
Mary Philips ... Mrs. Wilkins
Harry von Zell ... Jeff Cooper (as Harry Von Zell)
Raymond Roe ... Ziggy
Elisabeth Fraser ... Kate Collins
William Murphy ... Dan Collins (as Bill Murphy)
Mary Field ... Mrs. Bixby
Irving Bacon ... Mike Man
Gordon Jones ... Taxi Cab Driver
Marietta Canty ... Dora
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Storyline

Teenaged Miriam starts a political campaign to nominate Bill Seacroft, her brother-in-law, for state senator in opposition to the local political machine. Unknown to Miriam, said machine nominates her father, Judge Wilkins. As support grows for Bill, the presence of rival candidates under one roof poses problems, especially for Ruth, wife to Bill and daughter of the judge. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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We've Gotta Tell The Truth... It's MORE FUN than "DEAR RUTH"

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dear Wife See more »

Filming Locations:

Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A piece in Film Comment in the 80s speculated that the opening titles of this movie (which have the two stars' last names in big letters side by side) might be where J.D. Salinger got the name "Holden Caulfield" for the main character in 'Catcher in the Rye', which he was writing when "Dear Wife" came out. See more »

Connections

Followed by Dear Brat (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
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Written by Buddy Bernier and Jerry Brainin
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A good, predictable, but funny movie
13 November 2002 | by wolfdogSee all my reviews

I never heard about this movie until I came across it playing on AMC (when it was worth watching. ( hate all the changes they have made!)while channel surfing. No spoilers here, just a typical love story that actually have some funny characters who devleope throughout the story. This is the sequel to "Dear Ruth". Dear Ruth was a story of how a little sister writing love letters to a member of the Armed Forces and pretended to be her older sister. Well you know it would work out so now we have Dear Wife which tells the story of how their relationship progresses with all of the housing shortages after WWII. There is another movie in this trilogy, I think it is called Dear Brat. The center of attention is focused on the younger sister. If you like just plain old funny movies you should enjoy Dear Wife and Dear Ruth.


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