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Ladislas Fodor (play)
Joseph Jackson (adaptation)
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Release Date:
9 April 1932 (USA) See more »
The Baron is a banker, in Vienna, who works at at very fast pace. He appreciates beautiful women, but... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Marian Marsh ... Susie Sachs
David Manners ... Baron Paul von Ullrich
Warren William ... Baron Josef von Ullrich
Charles Butterworth ... Ludwig Pfeffer Jr.
Frederick Kerr ... Count Von Tolheim

Mary Doran ... Olive 'Ollie' Frey
Robert Greig ... Chappel
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lilian Bond ... Girl at Bar (uncredited)

Yola d'Avril ... Girl in Bath Tub (uncredited)
Harry Holman ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Business Associate (uncredited)
Barbara Leonard ... Girl With Dog (uncredited)
Polly Walters ... Ludwig's Girl (uncredited)
Leo White ... Man in Elevator (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Del Ruth 
Writing credits
Ladislas Fodor (play "A Templom Egere") (as Ladislaus Fodor)

Joseph Jackson (adaptation)

Paul Frank  play "A Templom Egere" (uncredited)

Original Music by
W. Franke Harling (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Barney McGill 
Film Editing by
James B. Morley  (as James Morley)
Art Direction by
Anton Grot 
Costume Design by
Earl Luick (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Hansen .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Dolph Thomas .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Kenneth Green .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Homer Van Pelt .... still photographer (uncredited)
William P. Whitley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Emil Gerstenberger .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur Lange .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Sam Perry .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Oscar Potoker .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributors
  • Warner Bros. (1932) (USA) (theatrical) (as The Vitaphone Corporation)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
66 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

An English-language adaptation of the play by Benn W. Levy, entitled "A Church Mouse", opened in London in early May, 1931.See more »
Ludwig Pfeffer Jr.:[upon walking in on Baron Josef and Susie in a tight embrace] Hmmm. Looks like another merger to me.See more »
Movie Connections:
Alternate language version of Arm wie eine Kirchenmaus (1931)See more »


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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
No Women Wanted During Banking Hours, 18 October 2006
Author: movingpicturegal from Los Angeles

About a bank president who talks about putting a new rule into the company: "all females must wear long sleeves and high necks". Seems he is easily distracted by women, particularly his attractive and flirtatious secretary who he thinks is a "playgirl" rather than working girl, good for after hours only. He actually fires her - and she doesn't mind, 'cause she apparently agrees with this after hours concept, and becomes one of his new girlfriends (there seem to be many others too, judging by the office visits and phone calls from bathtubs he keeps getting). Soon a young waif arrives - hungry and oddly dressed in an outfit that includes black umbrella and flat black hat with a big white feather in it (why do these poor waif girls in old movies always seem to wear an odd feathered hat?). Well, seems she's an out-of-work stenographer looking to get hired - and turns out she's a whiz who loves work too, spending her free time toning her secretarial skills rather than dating men, she takes shorthand at 150 words a minute! He hires her on the spot since she's "plain" - seems even though she is clearly very pretty, he for some reason (like often seen in movies) can't see her beauty through the odd outfit. Well, she falls for him and soon blooms!

This is a thoroughly entertaining, fast paced, fun-to-watch film with lots of amusing pre-code banter and top-notch performances adding to the mix - I loved it. Warren William, one of my favorite actors from this time period, is just perfect as the rather handsome but stiff "girl crazy" boss, and Marian Marsh as the waif (who I thought looked like Reese Witherspoon in the earlier scenes) is just SO cute and charming - I really enjoyed her performance. Cute scene where she gets "taught" by the previous secretary how to seduce a man via accidentally-on-purpose leaning against him, and she tries it out on the boss. Really excellent film.

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