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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.


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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. | 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
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)

Did You Know?

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 »
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 »


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For Showmen's Pictures, 18 February 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

During a time when John Wayne was doing some B westerns and appearing in a few other films for Warner Brothers, he was apparently lent out to an independent outfit called Showmen's Pictures where he was the male lead in a comedy called His Private Secretary.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Granted that the film doesn't exactly have the production values that one would have associated with the major studios and it can't get a better rating from me because of that. Still the performances were not bad and the Duke did a fine job in this one.

John Wayne plays the young playboy son of banker Reginald Barlow and all he has on his mind is chasing women. He's the despair of dear old dad who would like the Duke to just settle down in the family business. When he agrees to come to work, his first assignment is to get some deadbeat to cough up his loan money or foreclose.

Remember this is the Great Depression and a lot of people were in similar circumstances. But in this case the deadbeat is minister Alec B. Francis who has a pretty granddaughter Evelyn Knapp and with the Duke it's always pleasure before business.

Because Knapp doesn't immediately fall for his line and shows a serious side he's not seen in many women, Wayne is really taken with her. I think I need not say more because if you've seen thirties type comedies you know where this is heading.

The interesting thing to speculate is if this film had been the product of one of the major studios and had been given production values and a distribution level commiserate with same, what kind of turn John Wayne's career might have taken.

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