Dear Wife is another movie that I never heard of before and glad I found on Netflix. Dear Wife stars William Holden as Bill Seacroft, Joan Caulfield as Ruth Seacroft, Mona Freeman as Miriam Wilkins, Billy De Wolfe as Albert Kummer, Edward Arnold as Judge Wilkins, and Mary Philips as Edie Wilkins. Dear Wife was released on November 15, 1949. The movie was directed by Richard Haydn.
Dear Wife is actually a sequel to a movie called Dear Ruth. I wanted to watch that movie too and review it first before reviewing this one. However, Dear Ruth is not available for streaming on either Netflix or Amazon. Dear Ruth goes into how Ruth and Bill met.
Ruth Seacroft has a younger sister named Miriam who is always causing some type of trouble. Miriam and Ruth’s father Judge Wilkins is running for a State Senate seat. Miriam is against her father running because he is in favor of demolishing over 100 homes to make way for an airport. That means that over 100 families will be displaced. Miriam believes that her brother-in-law Bill would make a better candidate so she signs him up to run without his knowledge.
At first Bill Seacroft plans to withdraw his name, but after he has a meeting with a woman named Tommy Murphy he decides to run for the senate seat because he feels very strongly that the airport should not be built at the expensive of displacing so many families. Ruth and Bill live with her parents, so calamity breaks out in the Wilkins household when father and son-in-law are running for the same senate seat.
To add tension to Ruth and Bill’s marriage, Bill works as a teller at a bank and does not make enough money to provide for Ruth which is why they are living with her parents. Bill feels guilty that he cannot yet provide better for Ruth.