Man Wanted (1932)

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Lois is the editor of the 400 Magazine and is a work-a-holic. When Tom comes to her office to sell her a rowing machine, he leaves as her personal secretary. After a short time, he is an ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
David Manners ...
Thomas 'Tom' / 'Tommy' Sherman
Una Merkel ...
Ruth 'Ruthie' Holman
Andy Doyle
Kenneth Thomson ...
Fred 'Freddie' Ames
Claire Dodd ...
Ann Le Maire
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Miss Harper, Lois' Secretary
Edward Van Sloan ...
Mr. Walters, French & Sprague Manager
Robert Greig ...
Harper (scenes deleted)
Frank Coghlan Jr. ...
Youngster in Store (as Junior Coghlan)


Lois is the editor of the 400 Magazine and is a work-a-holic. When Tom comes to her office to sell her a rowing machine, he leaves as her personal secretary. After a short time, he is an executive decision maker who works closely with Lois, and he falls for her. But Lois is married to playboy Fred, and for that reason, Tom decides to marry Ruth and leave the firm. Written by Tony Fontana <>

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Romance | Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

23 April 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Dangerous Brunette  »

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Guy Kibbee (Devins) and Virginia Sale (Miss Winkler) are listed in studio records for acting in this movie, but were not seen. Robert Greig is credited onscreen as Harper, a role played by Elizabeth Patterson. See more »


Thomas 'Tom': Can't you get it through your fat head that, today, there's just as many serious-minded women in business as men. When you meet them you don't have to treat them as if your out on a party.
Andy Doyle: Well, what did you do?
Thomas 'Tom': I didn't talk to her any differently than I would to a man.
Andy Doyle: You're all alone with her.
Thomas 'Tom': Well, what of it?
Andy Doyle: Well, why didn't ya?
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Can't We Talk It Over
Music by Victor Young
Played on the piano when Lois and Freddie are at the restaurant
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Husband or Secretary?
18 December 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Beautiful Kay Francis (as Lois Ames) is a busy magazine editor; her suave husband Kenneth Thomson (as Freddie Ames) enjoys playing polo, and having affairs. When Ms. Francis' secretary bids adieu, she hires good looking David Manners (as Tommy Sherman) as a replacement. Mr. Manners is engaged to Una Merkel (as Ruth Holman), who is, naturally, jealous of her beau's demanding bosswoman. Manners' roommate Andy Devine (as Andy) reads "True Confessions" magazines, and pines for Ms. Merkel.

Watching Francis and Thomson fall for each other is enjoyable. Even better is watching Francis and Thomson falling out of love - especially, the sequence beginning when he prepares cocktails, as she slips a note under his door: "Darling, I've been waiting up to see you. Somehow we've drifted apart and its chiefly my fault. Let's make up. Lois." Their final realization, and their goodbye, is very sweet, and well-played. Thomson is certainly the film's best supporting actor; and, thankfully, he doesn't try to sing! Within a year, he would become one of the founding members of SAG (the Screen Actors Guild).

***** Man Wanted (4/23/32) William Dieterle ~ Kay Francis, David Manners, Kenneth Thomson, Una Merkel

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