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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
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James Duneen
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Ronnie Wales
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Ellen May Robinson
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Delores Kogan
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Daisy Presby
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John Ritter
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Banker Charles H. Robinson
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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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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

RKO Radio Pictures production number 531. 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 think you're swell.
Mary Linden: You don't know me. You only know my job. I smoke sometimes and wear an evening dress with absolutely no back to it.
James Duneen: [Sarcastically] No!
Mary Linden: And have been known to, eh, drink a cocktail - that is, when urged.
James Duneen: I urge you. I beseech you!
Mary Linden: Well, rather than have my clothes torn in the struggle, I will.
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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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The movie that answers the question: "What happens....
3 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

This is a pretty clever, well-acted version of the "modern" 30s woman's fairytale romance. In this case, she helps the man she loves become head of the company while serving as his secretary and eventually wins his love from a scheming social butterfly. Interestingly, her business sense is shown as subtly parallel to her homemaking prowess, and the ladies of the office are depicted as the "powers behind the throne." Lifted way above the average by Mrs. Astor's intelligent performance.


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