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His Private Secretary (1933)

Dick Wallace wants to marry a minister's grand-daughter but his father, who wants him to get work on his company's business, is opposed. She takes a job with the company to prove she's okay.

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(as Philip H. Whitman)

Writers:

(story) (as Lew Collins), (adaptation) (as Jack Francis Natteford)
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Marion Hall
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Dick Wallace
Reginald Barlow ...
Mr. Wallace
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Rev. Hall
Arthur Hoyt ...
Little
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Polly
Patrick Cunning ...
Van - Polly's Brother
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Tom - Garage Owner
Hugh Kidder ...
Jenkins - the Butler
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Dick Wallace is a free-wheeling playboy adverse to working in his workaholic father's office and resisting his advice about the evils of wine, women, and song. He accidentally meets, falls in love with, and elopes with Marion Hall, a respectable, attractive ministers's granddaughter he meets at a gas station but his father assumes she's a gold-digger. When she comes to the senior Wallace's office, he hires her as his secretary and continue to resist young Dick's request that he meet his new wife, a situation that results in some awkward and amusing complications. Written by duke1029

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Comedy | Romance

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Release Date:

10 June 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Secretaria particular  »

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Budget:

$9,600 (estimated)
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(Freeman Lang Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Sam Katzman only had $2500 of the film's $9600 budget available. The rest was deferred. Star John Wayne was paid only $150 per week. See more »

Goofs

When Dick and Marion first meet at the gas station she is by the rear left fender of his car, talking to the attendant on the other side, yet when Dick adjusts the rear view mirror we see Marion's full face instead of a left profile. Then Marion turns her back on the mirror, but when Dick adjusts it downward, we see the front of Marion's feet and legs instead of the back. Only when the camera backs off does Marion turn around and face Dick and the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Jenkins - the Butler: [opening the front door to allow Dick and friends in] Shhh!
Dick Wallace: [Coming in boisterously drunk after a night on the town] Hello, Diggsy, old boy!
Jenkins - the Butler: Your father's trying to sleep, sir.
Dick Wallace: Ohhhh... better let leeping dads lie, eh, Diggs?
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Rock of Ages
(uncredited)
Written by Augustus Montague Toplady
[Heard in church residence]
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Before the "Duke", there was...
5 December 2004 | by (Lawrenceville, GA) – See all my reviews

This light-hearted romantic comedy. Wayne had not yet developed into the man we would know as "Duke", but he definitely had presence. There are signs, though. Near the end of the movie, where "Dick" confronts his father about the woman he married, we see a hint of what is to become.

Richard (Dick) Wallace is a playboy whose father wants him to straighten up and join the family business, but Dick only wants to have a good time. He meets Marion and falls in love with her. He trades his car for a gas station in order to stay in the town she lives in to be near her, and convinces her to marry him. But, his father will not be convinced that Marion is not a gold digger. She sets out to prove to the old man that she is different, and does. Dick, however, has not yet changed, and suffers the consequences of his folly.

The movie is a bit choppy, and the plot is weak in places. Some of the supporting roles could have been stronger. Never-the-less, it is fun to watch John Wayne as the ne'er-do-well son of a rich man, and get his come-uppance at the hands of the preacher's granddaughter.


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