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Big Business Girl (1931)

 |  Comedy, Romance  |  12 June 1931 (USA)
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Thanks to her ability and her legs, Claire McIntyre rises in the business world.

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College graduate Claire McIntyre plans to conquer the business world, while her dropout boyfriend Johnny takes his swing band to Paris. Eventually, Claire catches the eye (in more ways than one) of ad executive Robert Clayton. Between her ability and her legs, she soon rises in the hierarchy. But the unexpected return of Johnny brings on an era of romantic misunderstandings. Will Clayton on one side and an obliging blonde on the other succeed in parting Claire and Johnny? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Shadow of boom microphone moving vertically up the curtained doors behind Johnny and Mrs. Emery at the club after she mentions having a cabin in the Adironacks. See more »

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Robert Clayton: [after dinner party for a client] What an orgy! I'm certainly glad they're gone.
Claire 'Mac' McIntyre: I'll get a taxi - and exit laughing before you begin thinking that way about me.
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A career woman in a man's world
5 December 2012 | by (Upstate New York) – See all my reviews

BIG BUSINESS GIRL (1931) is an unspectacular pre-Code talkie with a bit of a racy edge. Eighteen-year-old Loretta Young plays a college grad trying to make it in the business world. At her advertising company, she is quickly promoted from a secretary, but finds out she's being paid merely to "decorate the office". What she doesn't realize is that her boss (Ricardo Cortez) is underpaying her by more than half what her talents are worth, but this is not the main issue in the film. She wants to climb the ladder and is willing to play the game if that's what it takes. The sudden appearance of her long-distance boyfriend (Frank Albertson) throws a monkey wrench in her plans and the movie becomes a will-they-won't-they waiting game to see if the young couple can work out their misunderstandings.

Fourth-billed Joan Blondell doesn't appear until the very end of the film, but she's fantastic as a professional correspondent in divorce set-ups. She plays cards in her negligée with nervous husbands as they await the private detectives. It's a living. Streetwise Blondell can handle herself and, as she says, with the type of husbands she works with it's safer than working in a beauty parlor. Blondell is a great comedienne and her scenes are easily the highlight of the film.


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