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Robert Lord (story)
Charles Kenyon (adaptation)
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Release Date:
23 April 1932 (USA) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kay Francis ... Lois Ames
David Manners ... Thomas 'Tom' / 'Tommy' Sherman
Una Merkel ... Ruth 'Ruthie' Holman

Andy Devine ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Chefe ... Impatient Man in Lois's Office (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ... New Secretary (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Fred's Party Guest (uncredited)
Douglas Gerrard ... Mr. Orca (uncredited)
Charlotte Merriam ... Miss Smith, Receptionist (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Speakeasy Waiter (uncredited)
Jack Trent ... Fred's Party Guest (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Waiter at Fred's Party (uncredited)

Directed by
William Dieterle 
Writing credits
Robert Lord (story)

Charles Kenyon (adaptation)

Produced by
Hal B. Wallis .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Bernhard Kaun (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Gregg Toland 
Film Editing by
James Gibbon 
Art Direction by
Anton Grot 
Costume Design by
Earl Luick (gowns)
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Perry Finnerman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bert Shipman .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Homer Van Pelt .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
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USA:62 min
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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 »
Lois Ames:You see, I've been having trouble with secretaries. The work is so uncertain. It needs a man. You understand that our relations will be purely of a business nature.
Thomas 'Tom':Of course, Mrs. Ames.
Lois Ames:It pays 50 a week and may develop into something better. That, of course, will be up to you.
Thomas 'Tom':Well, I shall certainly appreciate the chance, Mrs. Ames.
Lois Ames:Good.
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Charming Little Comedy, 17 July 2002
Author: Ron Oliver ( from Forest Ranch, CA

There's a MAN WANTED to become private secretary for a powerful female editor. Once found, will they be able to keep their minds strictly on business?

Here is another example of a wonderful pre-Code comedy from Warner Brothers which has slipped under the radar and is undeservedly obsolete. The casting, acting, script & production values are all first rate. The humor is grownup & intelligent, and does not treat its viewers like insensitive Neanderthals.

Scintillating & sly, Kay Francis is perfect in the role of a worldly woman with a wide-open marriage. Her frankness & grace in dealing with her husband's casual adulteries is most fetching - as well as making her character very human. As beautiful as she was talented, it is a shame that this lovely lady no longer receives the recognition she's due.

Matching her every step of the way, David Manners exudes gentle masculinity as her new office employee. Slowly falling in love, he must carefully control himself & not overstep the bounds of propriety. Mr. Manners gives another in a series of excellent performances. Quiet & unassuming, he could always be counted on for a solid contribution to any film. He left Hollywood for a more private life in 1936, never to return to movies, which probably accounts for his near anonymity today. (He died in 1998, at the age of 97.)

Giving very firm support are Una Merkel as Manners' fierce, funny little fiancée; and Andy Devine as his rough edged, good natured roommate.

Elizabeth Patterson makes the most of her small role as Miss Francis' original, somewhat eccentric, secretary; Edward Van Sloan (DRACULA's Van Helsing) has only a few moments as a store manager who knows what it takes to sell rowing machines to the ladies.

Although he's still listed in the credits, the scenes involving British character actor Robert Greig have been deleted. Pity...

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