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After Office Hours (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | 22 February 1935 (USA)
Hard-hitting news editor Jim Branch falls for high-society type Sharon Norwood but can't get to first base as he continually makes use of her knowledge of the rich and famous to try to ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

Laurence Stallings (from a story by), Dale Van Every (from a story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Sharon Norwood
Clark Gable ... James 'Jim' Branch
Stuart Erwin ... Hank Parr
Billie Burke ... Mrs. Norwood
Harvey Stephens ... Tommy Bannister
Katharine Alexander ... Julia Patterson
Hale Hamilton ... Henry King Patterson
Henry Travers ... Cap
Henry Armetta ... Italian Diner Owner
Charles Richman ... Jordan
Herbert Bunston ... Barlow - Norwood's Butler
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Storyline

Hard-hitting news editor Jim Branch falls for high-society type Sharon Norwood but can't get to first base as he continually makes use of her knowledge of the rich and famous to try to solve the murder of one of her socialite acquaintences. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Taglines:

BEAUTY AND THE BOSS AND BUSINESS WAS PLEASURE! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adam Started It See more »

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Budget:

$366,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The car Sharon drives is a 1926 Dusenberg Model A with custom coachwork by Bud Lyons of Hollywood in 1934. As of 2013 the car had been restored and was for sale with an asking price of $695,000. See more »

Goofs

When Jim slams the door to his office while expressing his love for Sharon to Hank, the glass in the door had already been cracked (or scored) to break and fall out beforehand. See more »

Quotes

James 'Jim' Branch: I wonder what could have been his reason for killing her?
Detective Room Guard: Well, they were married!
James 'Jim' Branch: That's reason often enough, isn't it?
[both laugh]
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Connections

References The Cat and the Fiddle (1934) See more »

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You've Got Everything
(uncredited)
Written by Walter Donaldson and Gus Kahn
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30 August 2005 | by jotix100See all my reviews

"After Office Hours", directed by Robert Z. Leonard was shown as part of a Constance Bennett retrospective the other day on TCM. This 1935 film was written for the screen by Herman Mankiewicz.

The wonderful world of New York's high society and the sensational news by the tabloids of the thirties are combined in this movie to give us a fast paced comedy in which most of the comments submitted to this forum express a surprise in the turn it takes when the happy situation at the start of the film and the illicit romance being investigated by a newspaper changes into a different, and unexpected climax.

The gorgeous Constance Bennett and the handsome Clark Gable are a delight to watch in the movie. Both these actors had great chemistry, and frankly, it's a shame they weren't seen together more often. Ms. Bennett was at, perhaps, one of the best times in her career and as the society girl turned newspaper music critic, she makes quite an impression. Also, the newspaper editor portrayed by Mr. Gable is one of his best characterizations in the movies.

Also in the cast some famous faces, the luminous Billie Burke, who plays Ms. Bennett's mother is a welcome presence in any film. Stuwart Erwin, Harvey Stephens, Henry Travers, William Demarest and Margaret Dumond are seen in supporting roles.

This is an excellent movie because of the fine contributions of Constance Bennett and Clark Gable.


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