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The Church Mouse (1934)

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When a meek secretary goes to work for her new boss, she becomes a sophisticated lady.



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Complete credited cast:
Betty 'Miss Church Mouse' Miller
Ian Hunter ...
Johnathan Steele
Edward Chapman ...
Mr. 'Pinky' Wormwood
Jane Carr ...
Miss Sylvia James
Clifford Heatherley ...
Sir Oswald Bottomley
John Batten ...
Geoffrey Steele
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Thomas Stubbings, Cashier
Monty Banks ...
Harry Blump, the Window Washer


When a meek secretary goes to work for her new boss, she becomes a sophisticated lady.

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Comedy | Romance






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15 December 1934 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The play originally opened in Budapest, Hungary, on 2 December 1927. The original play was written only by Ladislas Fodor. It is not known why Paul Frank received onscreen credit. An English adaptation by Benn W. Levy, entitled "A Church Mouse", opened in London in early May 1931. Another English adaptation by Frederic Hatton and Fanny Hatton, also entitled "A Church Mouse", opened in New York on 12 October 1931 and starred 'Ruth Gordon'. See more »


Remake of Beauty and the Boss (1932) See more »


Symphony No.8 in B Minor 'Unfinished,' D.759
Written by Franz Schubert
First movement ("Allegro Moderato") played as background music when Betty goes
for the job
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30 June 2012 | by (Massachusetts, USA) – See all my reviews

This British film seems more like an American film of the period. It was made by Warner Brothers' British studio and has the same kind of set design, photography, dialogue and pace of WB's American films from the early 30's. In addition, Ian Hunter plays the kind of aggressive businessman we associate (whether rightly or wrongly) with the United States rather than with England. His character in "The Church Mouse" is all extremes: he makes snap decisions, and his anger turns to absurd generosity in the blink of an eye. American actress Laura LaPlante, as a young woman looking for work in those Depression years, gets into his office by climbing through the window and impresses him with her secretarial skills (which are such that we can't help wondering why she hasn't found work long before this). But, after falling in love with him, she soon finds out that he never mixes business with pleasure - whenever he wants to fool around with his secretary, he fires her first. The plot is silly and wildly out of date nowadays, but the film doesn't take itself seriously and is worth seeing once.

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