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25 July 1931 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Richard Arlen ... Tom Blake

Peggy Shannon ... Wanda Kelly

William B. Davidson ... Jim Blake

Charles Trowbridge ... Phil Roberts
Jane Keithley ... Grace Roberts (as Jane Keith)

Selmer Jackson ... Matt Stanton

Ned Sparks ... Bert Benedict

Jed Prouty ... Jim Neligan
Charles D. Brown ... Bob Barnes

Harry Beresford ... Frank Kelly

Larry Steers ... Fillmore
Elaine Baker ... Vera Lorraine
Frances Moffett ... Gwen Allen

Claire Dodd ... Maisie

Patricia Farr ... Ellen
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Perry Ivins ... Bill - Jim Blake's Secretary (uncredited)

Directed by
Stuart Walker 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
William C. de Mille  play "The Woman"
Arthur Kober 
Eve Unsell 

Original Music by
Rudolph G. Kopp (uncredited)
Cinematography by
David Abel 
Camera and Electrical Department
Elwood Bredell .... still photographer (uncredited)
Daniel L. Fapp .... second camera (uncredited)
James V. King .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Ernest Laszlo .... second camera (uncredited)
Thomas Morris .... assistant camera (uncredited)

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70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Peggy Shannon replaced Clara Bow, who was fired when she told the studio the night before shooting was to begin that she would not show up.See more »
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Version of The Woman (1915)See more »


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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Don't miss this chance to see Peggy Shannon in "A" film, 17 October 2002
Author: arthursward ( from Easley, SC

Peggy Shannon's short life and career were filled with bit parts and "B" pictures. While this film is relatively obscure, it entertains as it showcases one of Hollywood's missed opportunities. The Secret Call was an old film property when Paramount decided to shoot the talking version. Based on the play, "The Woman" by William de Mille, Paramount filmed it as a silent in 1915 with Lois Meredith and again in 1927 as "The Telephone Girl" with Madge Bellamy in the lead. It was in rehearsals as a Clara Bow vehicle when Ms. Bow suffered a nervous collapse. Peggy Shannon had been a star on stage and was one of ten young actresses selected by Paramount for a chance in pictures. Just five days after arriving in Hollywood, Ms. Shannon stepped into the lead role. With a marvelously complicated plot, The Secret Call gives Peggy many strong scenes as it unreels. You'll really feel for her. Another great performer who didn't hit it big and hit the bottle instead. She passed away in 1941 at age 32.

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