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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
Edna Murphy ...
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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15 March 1931 (USA)  »

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Private Secretary  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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Mary Linden: Robinson of the City Trust could be sold on a proposition to buy Ritter's stock for you, and pay for it out of the profits.
James Duneen: [grabs her cigarette and sniffs it] No, it isn't hashish.
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Three Little Words
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Played as dance music in the nightclub
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Desire and Dictation
19 April 2014 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

At a New York party, bright and attractive secretary Mary Astor (as Mary Linden) has fun with wealthy and attractive Ricardo Cortez (as Ronnie Wales). The two seem like an ideal couple, but Mr. Cortez is married and can't get a divorce. Besides, Ms. Astor has set her sights on playboy businessman Robert Ames (as James "Jim" Duneen). When her boss retires, Astor recommends Mr. Ames as replacement. Ames is up for the job as head of the paper distributing company where they work. Astor continues as the president's secretary and Ames shows little interest in her sexually. Instead, he beds trampy job applicant Edna Murphy (as Daisy Presby) and proposes to snobby heiress Catherine Dale Owen (as Ellen Robinson). Astor must consider drastic actions to win her man. "Behind Office Doors" is a dated, but gamely presented early talking picture; however, this doesn't combine in a way that makes it very engaging.

**** Behind Office Doors (3/15/31) Melville Brown ~ Mary Astor, Robert Ames, Ricardo Cortez, Edna Murphy


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