The Office Wife

Synopsis: Larry Fellowes of Fellowes Publishing wants Kate to write her next book about the 'Office Wife'. The personal secretary/stenographer spends more time with the busy executive and makes more decisions than his wife ever well. This creates a bond between the secretary and boss that the wife can not hope to equal. Little does Larry know that sometimes literature mirrors life.
Genre: Drama, Romance
59 min


18th Floor. Fellowes Publishing Company.

Watch out.

[ Buzzer ]

There is the tyrant, buzzing me out.

Her buzz is worse than her bite.

Wait a minute, Kate.

I've got a new assignment

for you. I think you'll go for it.

If it isn't another on baby-raising.

Next, we come to the little

treasure's precious tummy.

Just the same, that's

your solidest book, Kate.

Still selling 900 a week.

My dear man, you think that I

want to go on writing like Dr Holz?

Whom you ought to write like?

Jack London, Jim Kelly.

Ernest Hemingway.


Well ..

How do you like this for an idea?

I've made a few notes.


Not one of yours. Thanks.

How do you like this?

Most women holding important

business positions today ..

Have come up by the stenographer,

private-secretary route.

There is a long, long trail a-winding.

A man is propelled toward the

woman he marries by emotion.

That fool.

But his selection of his secretary

is more careful and intelligent.

Ha .. yes it is, I don't think.

First, he looks at her legs.

Then he smells her perfume.

Then he stares at her face.

And if he still admires

her legs .. he's sold.


I am serious.

You mean ..?

The modern businessman's

secretary is closer than his wife.

Yet not his wife.

Now look here, Kate.

Come here.

See that office building over there?

It's an architectural monstrosity.

In every office is a stenographer.

You called them

potential mothers last time.

And in every office there is an

employer with a wife at home.

A fool at home.

You know the number of jealous wives and

secretaries who hate each others souls?

Figure it out.

I tell you, Kate. If you write a

book about the office wife.

I'll make you rich.

I suppose I can't resist that argument.

You will do it then?



I'm sorry, Mr Fellowes.

But this time is taken.

I'm just going, Andrews.

There is your office wife.

You haven't one at home.

You see, your idea is mere bunk.

A pretty good selling bunk, isn't it.

I'll tell you something else, Kate.

I'm getting married.

Are you really?



I'll give you a rattle.


Don't give it to your baby.

Keep it for yourself.

Miss Andrews.

Make out a contract for Miss Halsey.

A nine part serial

titled "The Office Wife".

The office wife?

A selling title, eh?


Andrew Washburn and

Mr Lewin are outside.


Who you call the poet.

You like his stuff.

I told them both to wait.

It's now 12:
10 and you have

many luncheon appointments.

So I've sent for your tray.

At 2.00.

A general employee's conference.

You gave me some notes.

Perhaps you'd better look them over.

Signing these checks will fill in

your time until your tray comes.

At 4:

It's a lawyer from Holliston Evans.

The plagiarism case.

Oh, that's a waste of time.

I'm acquainted with the facts.

I'll handle it for you.

Yes. You attend to it, please.

That gives you an extra hour

for your magazine set up.

I need it.

And that takes us late.

Into the evening.

I'm sorry, Miss Andrews.

Would you like this?

I was only thinking of you.

You are so tired.


I am iron.

Please don't bolt your food.

I'm not. I'm not.

You'd better show that poet in.

After lunch.

Yes, but ..

Besides, when you've finished, the tailor

will be here with some cloth samples.



Some of your coats are getting ..

Quite shiny at the back.

Are they really?


This one is ..

Is quite shiny.

Woman .. you're a jewel.

Been waiting long, Ted?

Only about an hour, honey.

Every time I call for you,

you're the last one out.

I'm awfully sorry, Ted.

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Charles Kenyon

Charles Kenyon (November 2, 1880 – June 27, 1961) was an American screenwriter, who wrote or co-wrote the screenplays for 114 films between 1915 and 1946. He was married to actress Jane Winton from 1927 to 1930. Kenyon was born in San Francisco, California and died in Hollywood, California. more…

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