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His Private Secretary (1933)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  10 June 1933 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Evalyn Knapp ...
Marion Hall
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Reginald Barlow ...
Mr. Wallace
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Rev. Hall
Arthur Hoyt ...
Little
Natalie Kingston ...
Polly
Patrick Cunning ...
Van, Polly's Brother
Al St. John ...
Garage Owner Tom
Hugh Kidder ...
Jenkins, the Butler
Mickey Rentschler ...
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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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10 June 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Seine persönliche Sekretärin  »

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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 »

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Not too bad B drama has a couple of laughs, a few nice moments
5 April 2012 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

Grumpy millionaire businessman Mr. Wallace is fed up with his wild son. The young man is out late again, the "girl crazy young squirt." Eventually the wayward son arrives home; the old man corrals him, assigns him to yet another position in his company, and orders him to be on the job at 9:00 a.m.

The son, of course, is John Wayne. He doesn't look totally convincing as a prodigal rich kid, but really is hard to resist. His new job is going to be as a bill collector, and he has a hilarious scene practicing in the mirror—wagging his finger and demanding payment.

The plot moves fast…the Duke has a kind of girl friend who is an obvious gold digger. He goes outstate to try and collect a debt from a small town minister. The minister's granddaughter (Evalyn Knapp) is quite spirited, very pretty, and is not impressed with Wayne's spoiled overconfidence in his own charms. Naturally, he quickly falls in love with her. Meanwhile, back home, the gold digger is plotting to marry him at her earliest opportunity….

In what is a long story compressed into a matter of moments, Knapp winds up married to Wayne and working incognito as his old man's secretary. It goes on from there but never really gels as a convincing story.

Evalyn Knapp is really pretty good as the granddaughter—her performance is lively and covers a nice range of emotion and expression. Also, her character has virtually all of the brains in the entire picture. Reginald Barlow is energetic as the often scowling, occasionally crowing millionaire dad.

John Wayne is kind of funny…he has a kind of odd charm, even in a role so unsuited to his talents. He seems to be at his best—most natural—in a couple of scenes with a neighborhood kid who eggs him on and helps him out.

It's not believable for a minute, partly because everything happens so fast and (often) for so little apparent reason. Enjoyable enough, however, if only for the presence of Wayne and the nice performance by the wonderful Evalyn Knapp.


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