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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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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)
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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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Production CompaniesDistributors
  • Warner Bros. (1932) (USA) (theatrical) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.)
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USA:62 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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 »
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David Manners as Cinderella..., 17 April 2011
Author: calvinnme from United States

... and I say that with all due respect to Mr. Manners. I really enjoy his films. This film is just full of stuff you couldn't do or insinuate after the production code. Besides all of the precode naughtiness going on, you certainly couldn't have a woman rescuing a man from a life of dead end jobs and financial struggling. Tom (David Manners) is a man - a Harvard man at that - in a rut of a job selling athletic equipment at a retail store. He's reluctantly engaged to Ruth (Una Merkel) whose chatter seems to annoy him but not enough that he'll make a clean break of it. His big chance comes when high-powered magazine editor Lois Ames (Kate Francis) has her secretary quit late at night and Tom, who is there to demonstrate a rowing machine, offers to pitch in and help. By night's end Lois has offered the secretarial job to Tom. Tom's paychecks grow with his performance and his job responsibilities - steadily from 50 to 250 a week - big money in the Depression.

Unlike films from the late 30's on where the male boss is chasing the secretary around the desk, this one has the flirtation growing subtly with Lois initiating matters. At first it's little things such as Lois making sure their feet touch under the desk. Pretty soon though Tom is feeling the attraction too. The hitch here - Lois is married to Freddie, who apparently has his own money and doesn't need to work and therefore doesn't - he likes being an idler.

This movie is very modern and intelligent in how it handles the marriage. The beginning of the film has Lois and Freddie seemingly in love, going to lunch together, kissing and acting affectionate. They say it doesn't matter that they're so different, they love each other anyways. They seem to mean it when they say it too, but the marriage is a mistake and time and their attraction to other people more suitable to their individual habits - Freddie to a partying socialite (Claire Dodd) and Lois to hard working Tom gradually has the two drifting apart.

After the production code began to be enforced this film would probably end with Freddie seeing the error of his wanton ways and deciding that he wants to run the magazine, Lois deciding that she wants to have babies and Tom - the fallen somewhat kept man - slinking off into the sunset alone. Instead this film ends intelligently - I'll let you watch and see how. It says much about how people will choose unhappy stability over taking a chance and possibly winding up truly happy.

Recommended for fans of precode films and definitely for fans of the elegant Kay Francis whose appeal is timeless.

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