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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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Storyline

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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10 June 1933 (USA)  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The official cast lists the butler's name as "Jenkins," but John Wayne's Dick character calls him " Diggs." 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

Mr. Wallace: You're not Dick Wallace, the playboy, anymore; you're Richard Wallace, the businessman, and when you're out to get omething, never let a wman keep you from getting it.
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Featured in Icons of Comedy: 50 Movie Mega Pack (2016) See more »

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Rock of Ages
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Written by Augustus Montague Toplady
[Heard in church residence]
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Amiable enough minor comedy
18 September 2009 | by See all my reviews

It's strange to see a youthful John Wayne receiving a ticking off from his curmudgeonly father for staying out late and gallivanting with inappropriate girls. Even the Duke seems a little ill at ease and it's easy to see why he ultimately spent so much time in the saddle in the first ten years of his movie career. He just looked right up there somehow, while dressed in a suit he looks like a school kid at a wedding. He plays Dick Wallace, the playboy son of a hard-hearted industrialist in this cheap programmer, who finds it impossible to keep his mind off women. Dad sets him to work in the office, but Big John spends his time breaking pencils so that he can ogle the legs of the secretary who re-sharpens them for him (which isn't quite the same as putting lead in it I suppose…). Sent to a tiny village to collect a debt he tricks wholesome Evelyn Knapp into accepting a ride from him. Of course it turns out that she is the granddaughter of the man who owes Dick's dad all that money. Granddad's the village vicar, a kindly old chap who wears a hearing aid the size of an ear-muff, and he gave away all the money to the poor. Keen to get back into Evelyn's good books, Dick waives the debt, getting himself sacked in the process. Then he goes and blows it with Evelyn by trying to snog her before she's ready. Evelyn Knapp's a pretty little creature with a winning smile and saucy hips, and it wouldn't bother me one little bit if I lost my job over her. Dick certainly isn't bothered – he just swaps his fancy car for the local garage so that he can stay close to her, even though she won't give him the time of day. Of course his dogged pursuit wears her down in the end, and within a minute of making up they're sharing rings. With that particular avenue closed to it, the film changes tack, and instead of Wayne pursuing Knapp, she now goes after his dad in order to get his blessing. Dad's convinced she's a gold-digger after Dick's inheritance, but she inadvertently winds up as his private secretary (although he doesn't know who she is) and he soon begins to thaw… This one's obviously made on the cheap, but at least a little care has gone into the screenplay. It's supposed to be a romantic comedy but it isn't really very funny. Despite this, like John Wayne's aimless character, it is undeniably amiable, and its short running time ensures that it doesn't outlast its welcome. By the way, if you happen to watch this film, check out that stair banister in Dick's dad's house – it's got to be one of moviedom's strangest


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