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His Private Secretary -- 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.
His Private Secretary -- 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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Release Date:
10 June 1933 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Evalyn Knapp ... Marion Hall

John Wayne ... Dick Wallace
Reginald Barlow ... Mr. Wallace

Alec B. Francis ... Rev. Hall
Arthur Hoyt ... Little
Natalie Kingston ... Polly
Patrick Cunning ... Van - Polly's Brother

Al St. John ... Tom - Garage Owner
Hugh Kidder ... Jenkins - the Butler
Mickey Rentschler ... Joe Boyd

Directed by
Phil Whitman  (as Philip H. Whitman)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Lewis D. Collins  story (as Lew Collins)
Sam Katzman  uncredited
Jack Natteford  adaptation and continuity (as Jack Francis Natteford)

Produced by
Al Alt .... supervising producer
D.J. Mountan .... producer
Sam Katzman .... executive producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Abe Scholtz 
Film Editing by
Al Alt (supervising editor)
Bobby Ray  (as Robert Ray)
Production Management
Sam Katzman .... production manager
Art Department
Fred Preble .... settings
Sound Department
Oscar Lagerstrom .... sound recording engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
John Jenkins .... assistant camera (uncredited)
J. Henry Kruse .... camera operator (uncredited)
Pat Patterson .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Joe Schaefer .... chief grip (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Abe Meyer .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Paul Palmatelo .... technical director
Crew believed to be complete

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60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Freeman Lang Recording System)

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The official cast lists the butler's name as "Jenkins," but John Wayne's Dick character calls him " Diggs."See more »
Continuity: 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 »
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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Early non-western John Wayne, 2 February 2011
Author: zpzjones from East Coast, U.S.A.

I first caught a glimpse of this film on a Sunday morning on a local independent station. The film was abruptly pre-empted for a college wrestling match or something. Until recently I was not able to revisit this film in it's entirety, but I remembered one thing that stood out, Evalyn Knapp. She is a mixture of silent actress Bessie Love and talkies Jean Harlow and Barbara Stanwyck. The obvious attraction to this film today is the presence of John Wayne in the male lead. Got to give him credit for doing something other than riding a horse and for trying his hands at something purporting to be drama. Others have complained that this movie was put on DVD and not restored to better condition. Got to understand one thing, this film has been in the public domain for so long it is lucky that it survives in any condition. It is a poverty row film, from something called Showmen's Pictures, sheesh never heard of em. The negative and first generation materials of this movie have probably long since gone out of existence and all that remains is the sub-par 16mm prints floating around in public domain. It was available on several low budget home video labels during the videotape years. Albeit the original print quality probably wasn't all that good to begin with but the picture is what it is. The plot of this movie has been reiterated by some of the other posters so it need not be repeated by me. So I'll get back to the thing that stood out for me before that college game interrupted my original viewing, Evalyn Knapp. She is perhaps the real star of this near 'dog' of a picture and she provides the grasping factor of 'cheesecake'. While she is presented as Wayne's love interest the producer's(and I agree) felt that she could add eye candy value to a hard to sell low budget by wearing slinky form fitting dresses. For being the female lead, we first see her in the film 30 minutes in and she is given nothing more to do than utter several lines and walk in and out of scenes with several tight fitting dresses. Arthur Hoyt(from the silent LOST WORLD)plays a secretary to Wayne's dad and ogles Knapp on several instances and who could blame him. So for many a depression era out of work guy in the audience he would be glad to enjoy a few minutes of Miss Knapp's figure before leaving the theatre back to the miserable reality of the Great Depression. So there's nothing more to be gotten out of this flick but Evalyn Knapp does really save the flick for this viewer and on a historical basis it provides a glimpse into John Wayne's early dramatic abilities.

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