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Behind Office Doors (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 15 March 1931 (USA)
Mary Linden is the secretary who is the unheralded power behind successful executive James Duneen. He takes her for granted until rival Wales tries to take her away from him.

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(as Melville Brown)

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(by) (as Alan Brener Schultz), (screenplay)
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Mary Linden
Robert Ames ...
James Duneen
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Ronnie Wales
Catherine Dale Owen ...
Ellen May Robinson
Kitty Kelly ...
Delores Kogan
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Daisy Presby
Charles Sellon ...
John Ritter
William Morris ...
Banker Charles H. Robinson
George MacFarlane ...
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Mary Linden is the secretary who is the unheralded power behind successful executive James Duneen. He takes her for granted until rival Wales tries to take her away from him.

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Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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15 March 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Private Secretary  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Duneen hires Daisy at $50/week - prompting a concerned look from Mary. She had a good reason as the average salary for all workers in 1931 was $35/week, and secretaries on average made only $20/week. See more »

Goofs

When Duneen stands up from sitting on the edge of his desk and moves forward and off camera to the right, his mouth moves as if saying something, but no words are heard. See more »

Quotes

James Duneen: I'm terribly fond of you. But, how could I help it? Eight, ten, twelve hours a day together, mostly behind closed doors.
Mary Linden: Proving that a working girl can be safe in the advances of her employer.
James Duneen: Well, I always figure that business and pleasure don't mix.
Mary Linden: That's not it. You've looked at me a thousand times - and never saw me until tonight.
James Duneen: I see you now. And you look pretty good to me.
Mary Linden: I wonder if it isn't the dress? Or, perhaps the liquor? Have another drink.
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Soundtracks

Three Little Words
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Played as dance music in the nightclub
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Pre-Code, wonderful film
12 November 2004 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This pre-code film is not quite as daring as other precode Hollywood movies, but it holds up very well today and is quite enjoyable.

Mary Astor plays a receptionsit at a paper mill company. She has her eye on Robert Ames, a young salesman with the company. When the boss is forced to retire, Mary Astor pushes for Robert Ames to take the job, and when he does, Mary is promoted to being his secretary. She is secretly in love with him, only he never seems to notice. As he rises in the company Mary Astor is constantly by his side, giving good business advice as well as advice in his personal life. When Ames marries someone else, Astor is so upset he quits, and the company begins to fall apart.

Mary Astor, I feel, has never quite gotten her due in film history. She is a wonderful actress, and watching her in a film role, you are assured you will get a natural performance that will hold up as well as if it had been shot yesterday.

Robert Ames, a former stage actor, is quite good in the role. Ames died shortly after this film. His death was thought at first to have been caused by foul play, but it was determined he had died from too much drinking.


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