WHen her father dies, a wealthy young women discovers that she's not wealthy at all--her father lost all of his money in the 1929 stock market crash and she's now officially broke. She ... See full summary »

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Lord Danforth
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WHen her father dies, a wealthy young women discovers that she's not wealthy at all--her father lost all of his money in the 1929 stock market crash and she's now officially broke. She takes a job as the social secretary to her father's friend, Ogden. She has two major problems, however--shortly before her father's death, she and some friends were out partying and, on a dare, she married her fiancé, a scheming gold-digger named Frank, who leaves her when he finds out she's broke. The other problem is that she's in love with her best friend Sylvia's fiancé, Paul. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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5 September 1931 (USA)  »

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Segredos de uma Secretária  »

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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Mrs. Merritt: Now go in there and start sending back your wedding presents. And then go upstairs and begin packing for our trip to the Far East.
Sylvia Merritt: But I don't like the Far East.
Mrs. Merritt: I know you don't. That's why you're going!
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Ay, Ay, Ay
Written by Osmán Pérez Freire
Sung by Georges Metaxa.
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excellent vehicle for Colbert's acting talents
14 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This pre-code film showcases Claudette Colbert's acting at its finest. The plot is somewhat complex, beginning with her marriage to a gigolo, sudden loss of fortune and subsequent maltreatment by a woman who "sins" (right on screen--oh for those adult pre-code days of yore!). The minor disappointment caused by Herbert Marshall's dull performance in a dull role does not detract from the film overall; Colbert's versatility grabs the viewer from the start and carries you throughout. Compared to her other early performances, her work here may be her best. This film is a must-see for Colbert fans. Due to the plot and supporting performances (excepting poor Herbert's), however, even people who don't particularly like Colbert will enjoy it, too.


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