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The Church Mouse (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 15 December 1934 (USA)
When a meek secretary goes to work for her new boss, she becomes a sophisticated lady.



(adaptation) (as W. Scott Darling), (play) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Betty 'Miss Church Mouse' Miller
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






Release Date:

15 December 1934 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film had its U. S. television premiere on Turner Classic Movies on 17 September 2007 during TCM's festival of films made by Warner Brothers at Teddington Studios in the UK. See more »


Miss Sylvia James: Now, look, you've got a grand little figure. Its no use to you, because you don't know what to do with it.
Betty 'Miss Church Mouse' Miller: I don't know what he sees in you?
Miss Sylvia James: You don't? Well, I'll tell you. He sees a woman who's warm and human. One who's skin is soft and perfumed. One who isn't afraid to let herself go. A woman who understands his little weaknesses.
Betty 'Miss Church Mouse' Miller: He hasn't any weaknesses.
Miss Sylvia James: Ha-ha-ha. As if you knew. Don't you think his fingers tingle when they touch mine? Don't you suppose he grows dizzy every time he inhales ...
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Alternate-language version of Frk. Kirkemus (1941) 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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LaPlante's final starring role

Laura LaPlante is nearly forgotten now, but in the 20s and early 30s she was a big name in films. She made an easy transition to talkies and was a fine light actress as this film proves. LaPlante plays the title character, a mousy secretary who is all efficiency until she falls for her boss (Ian Hunter). Like so many other silent stars, LaPlante should have had a better and bigger career in 30s talkies. This cheapo production hinders but does not ruin her performance. This same story was previously filmed as Beauty and the Boss with Warren William and Marion Nixon, but this version is better. Laura LaPlante is probably best remembered now for starring in the first (and part-talkie) version of Show Boat and for playing Betty Hutton's mother in Spring Reunion.

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