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Meet the Missus(1937)

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Meet the Missus (1937)

Emma Foster (Helen Broderick) could be the next "Happy Noodles Mrs. America" if her weary husband Otis (Victor Moore) cooperates with the homemaking contest's emasculating demands, including sewing a dress and straightening up a room in record time. But when a scheming judge (Frank M. Thomas) guesses that Otis would prefer tickets to a back alley performance by "Princess Zarina, the fan dancer" (Ada Leonard), all hell breaks loose. Helen Broderick is most famous as the straight-talking gal pal to Fred and Ginger in Top Hat (1935) and Swing Time (1936), but she made 34 other pictures that highlighted her no-guff charm. Here, in this light comedy that also provides a time capsule view on the contest craze of the Depression, a rare leading role highlights Broderick's unique screen quality that her playwright friend Moss Hart described as "part vitriol and part my favorite person in the world."

By Violet LeVoit

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