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Public Stenographer (1934)

Passed | | Drama | 10 January 1934 (USA)
A stenographer who works at a large hotel finds herself caught in the middle of a major swindle.


(as Lew Collins)


(adaptation) (as Joe O'Donell), (adaptation) (as Lew Collins) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
James 'Jimmy' Martin Jr. (as Buster Collier)
Lucille 'Lucy' Weston
Fred 'Freddie' White (as Jason Robards)
Henchman Orsini
James Martin Sr.


The wisecracking and attractive public stenographer Ann McNair spends much of her time fending off the touchy hands of her employers, but the handsome James "Jimmy" Martin Jr. learns to play it cool if he's going to play for keeps. But is he playing for keeps? As Ann at long last drops her hard-boiled veneer she gets more involved with Jimmy and with a scam that could lead to ruin. Written by Robert

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Release Date:

10 January 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Mistério do Grande Hotel  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Freeman Lang Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Lucille 'Lucy' Weston: I had three dates and broke two of 'em - and then the big ape telephones that his wife is in town and he couldn't get away.
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Flat plot but the women are endearing throughout
8 December 2013 | by (Oklahoma) – See all my reviews

Just daring to produce a film called "The Public Stenographer" deserves some sort of respect. But even if that very flat, unemotional title matches in some way the overall plot and editing of the film, there is still a lot to enjoy including a few rare scenes that really touch the heart.

Ann and her roommate Lucy both work at a posh city hotel dodging, or choosing carefully, the interests of wealthier men as they go about there independent and busy lives. But because of a simple mistake Ann comes to know one of the hotel patrons, Jimmy, in a different way. He is head over heels, but she is much cooler.

As the screwball sparring progresses, particularly in a series of incidents with Ann's and Jimmy's automobiles and the ever-present motorcycle cop, so too progresses a scam concerning a large public works project and lots of government money.

Ann gets tied up in the possible relationship as well as a possibly disastrous professional choice, all along comforted as well as tempted by her somewhat more worldly roommate. It is the relationship these two women have and their various interactions that make this film memorable, even while the love story and financial intrigue are relatively mundane.

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