Wife Wanted (1946 film)

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Wife Wanted
Wife wanted poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Phil Karlson
Produced by Jeffrey Bernerd
Kay Francis
Screenplay by Caryl Coleman
Sidney Sutherland
Based on the novel Wife Wanted
by Robert E. Callahan
Starring Kay Francis
Paul Cavanagh
Robert Shayne
Music by Edward J. Kay
Cinematography Harry Neumann
Edited by Richard C. Currier
Ace Herman
Distributed by Monogram Pictures
Release date
  • November 2, 1946 (1946-11-02)
Running time
73 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Wife Wanted is a 1946 American crime[clarification needed] directed by Phil Karlson, featuring Kay Francis, Paul Cavanagh and Robert Shayne. This was Kay Francis's last film.[1] The film's screenplay was written by Caryl Coleman and Sidney Sutherland, based on the novel Wife Wanted by Robert E. Callahan.[2]


Carole Raymond (Francis) is a film star whose best years are behind her so she decides to buy in a real estate plan with Jeff Caldwell (Cavanagh), who's really running an illegitimate matrimonial service.



Kay Francis was unhappy with the first script, so she and director Phil Karlson set about obtaining a re-write, and became a producer on the film.[3]

The production period was from mid-June to early July 1946.[4]


  1. ^ Kay Francis on IMDb.
  2. ^ Wife Wanted at the American Film Institute Catalog.
  3. ^ Kear, Lynn and John Rossman. Kay Francis: a passionate life and career, page 139. McFarland, 2006. Last accessed: February 25, 2011.
  4. ^ TCM. Original Print Information Section. Accessed: July 23, 2013.

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