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21 September 1934 (USA) See more »
Dorothy Hunter is an heiress of untold wealth. She believes no one will love her for herself and not for her money... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Charming Comedy See more (13 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Miriam Hopkins ... Dorothy

Joel McCrea ... Tony

Fay Wray ... Sylvia
Henry Stephenson ... Connors

Reginald Denny ... Phillip
Beryl Mercer ... Marie
George Meeker ... Donald
Wade Boteler ... Franey
Herbert Bunston ... Cavandish
Burr McIntosh ... David Preston
Edgar Norton ... The Butler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Coleman ... (scenes deleted)
Harry Bowen ... Pinky (uncredited)
William Burress ... Haley's Editor (uncredited)
Edward Cooper ... Jones - Butler (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Dance Extra (uncredited)
William Gould ... Second Trustee (uncredited)
Fred Howard ... Haley - Reporter (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Valet (uncredited)
Selmer Jackson ... Dr. Harvey (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Elevator Starter (uncredited)
John Marshall ... (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Dance Extra (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Dance Extra (uncredited)
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Directed by
William A. Seiter 
Writing credits
Norman Krasna (story and screenplay)

Leona D'Ambry  contributor to adaptation and continuity (uncredited)
Jerry Hutchinson  contributor to continuity (uncredited)
Glenn Tryon  contributor to comedy construction (uncredited)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Nicholas Musuraca (photographed by) (as Nick Musuraca)
Film Editing by
George Crone (edited by)
Art Direction by
Charles M. Kirk  (as Charles Kirk)
Van Nest Polglase 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rex Bailey .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
John E. Tribby .... recordist
Special Effects by
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects supervisor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Louie Anderson .... grip (uncredited)
Ernest Bachrach .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Max Steiner .... musical director
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
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76 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Australia:G | USA:Approved (PCA #164) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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20 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Charming Comedy, 9 November 2002
Author: FERNANDO SILVA from Santiago de Chile.

Thanks to a fine and intelligent script by Norman Krasna and to some very good acting, this is a very entertaining and charming little film, about a "poor" rich girl (sort of Barbara Hutton type), seeking for true, "uninterested" love.

Miriam Hopkins is very good and looks pretty as Miss Dorothy Hunter, "the richest girl in the world", and works very well for the first time (they did four more pictures in the following years) with Joel McCrea, who is thoroughly believable as a regular average guy, being (unknowingly) tested by this heiress, who's pretending to be a secretary.

Beautiful Fay Wray, who had worked with McCrea once in 1932, in the very good chiller "The Most Dangerous Game", also at RKO, is excellent as the heroine's pal and secretary, Sylvia, who has to pass as the millionairess, and old pro Henry Stephenson is just right as Hopkin's Tutor.

This nice little movie (short by to today's standards) has good pacing, real, likeable romance and some funny (not so screwballish)situations, even some pretty racy ones (due to the fact that "married" Sylvia impersonates "single" Dorothy), considering it was made in the 1930s, so I believe it must have been released before the Production Code was fully enforced in 1934.

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