Wife Wanted


1h 13m 1946

Brief Synopsis

Career-slipping movie star Carole Raymond (Kay Francis) buys in as a real estate partner of Jeff Caldwell (Paul Cavanagh). Actually, through his secretary, Nola Reed (Veda Ann Borg), Caldwell runs a matrimonial bureau and, with the aid of his associate, Lee Kirby (John Gallaudet), they defraud and blackmail a large group of lonely people. Carole, unknowingly, is used as bait for one of their victims, Walter Desmond (Barton Yarborough), who "commits suicide." Reporter William Tyler (Robert Shayne) thinks otherwise and, posing as a rich rancher, contacts Miss Raymond. The latter, now being blackmailed by Caldwell, is forced to persuade Tyler to invest in a fraudulent oil deal. In her own attempt to break the racket, Carole uncovers Mildred Hayes (Teala Loring), another innocent victim of the Desmond case. Despite leading each other on for their own purposes, Carole and Tyler fall in love and combine their efforts.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 2, 1946
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Distributing Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Suggested by the novel Wife Wanted: An Unusual Human Story by Robert E. Callahan (New York, 1940).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 13m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

Synopsis

After Hollywood talent agent Philip Conway tells film actress Carole Raymond that he has not been able to find work for her, he suggests that she meet real estate agent Jeffrey Caldwell, who is seeking a partner from the motion picture industry. Desperate, Carole accepts the job, not realizing that Caldwell's real business interest is the Affiliated Friendship Club, a matrimonial dating service, in the office next door. When she learns about the club, Carole flatly refuses to participate, after which Caldwell persuades her to take prospective buyer Walter Desmond to see a house in Pacific Palisades. On a grand balcony overlooking the cliffs, Desmond writes a check for the house, then mentions the club and makes advances toward Carole. Furious, Carole goes inside to phone Caldwell, but is unable to reach him. Meanwhile, a shadowy figure approaches Desmond from inside the house and pushes him off the balcony. When Carole returns to the balcony, she notices that the check is missing, then sees Desmond's corpse lying on the rocks below. Terrified, Carole races home, and the next morning, Desmond's "suicide" is headline news. At Caldwell's office, when Carole complains about being set up, he threatens to finger her for the murder. Later, Caldwell tells the district attorney that he gave Desmond the key so that he could inspect the house by himself. Hoping to expose Caldwell's racket, reporter Bill Tyler poses as a lonely sheep rancher from Utah. Meanwhile, at a bar, Carole meets an old friend, actress Mildred Hayes, who says she has nowhere to stay. Carole takes Mildred home, and the next morning, Mildred says she met a man at a friendship club who robbed her of everything she had. While Carole is forced to have dinner with Bill, Mildred considers jumping from the window of Carole's high rise apartment. Fortunately, Carole returns in time to stop her, and when they see a newspaper report that Desmond had met a mysterious woman through a matrimonial agency, Mildred says Desmond was the man who robbed her. Later, Caldwell sees the article and instructs his wife and secretary, Nola Reed, to search for Mildred, then tells Carole to persuade Bill to invest in a phony land deal. Before leaving, Carole instructs Mildred not to answer the telephone, except when she phones at exactly 4:30. Carole, however, forgets to phone, and when Nola phones looking for Carole, Mildred answers and identifies herself. Soon, Caldwell, afraid that she may implicate him in the murder, arrives at Carole's apartment planning to kill Mildred. Believing that Carole has returned, Mildred opens the door, sees Caldwell and runs into the corridor. After falling down a flight of stairs, Mildred is rushed to the hospital. Meanwhile, Carole confesses to Bill that the land deal is a scam, but says her love for him is real. Later, Carole remembers to phone Mildred, gets no answer and rushes home. Carole then goes to Caldwell's office and demands to know where Mildred is. He tells Carole that Mildred is at the house in Pacific Palisades, but when she arrives, Caldwell and Nola force her at gunpoint to endorse Desmond's check, which was made payable to both Caldwell and Carole. Meanwhile, Bill alerts the police, who arrive just in time to arrest Caldwell and Nola. The mystery solved, Bill and Carole embrace.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 2, 1946
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Monogram Productions, Inc.
Distribution Company
Monogram Distributing Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Suggested by the novel Wife Wanted: An Unusual Human Story by Robert E. Callahan (New York, 1940).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 13m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1

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Notes

Actress Teala Loring's name was misspelled in the credits as "Tela."