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More Than a Secretary (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 24 December 1936 (USA)
When the co-owner of a secretarial school visits a magazine editor to find out why he runs through secretaries, she's mistaken for an applicant. Drawn to him, she accepts the position.

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Carol Baldwin
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Fred Gilbert
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Ernest
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Helen Davis
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Bill Houston
Dorothea Kent ...
Maizie West
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Mr. Crosby
Geraldine Hall ...
Enid
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Window Washer (scenes deleted)
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C.L. Sherwood ...
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When the co-owner of a secretarial school visits a magazine editor to find out why he runs through secretaries, she's mistaken for an applicant. Drawn to him, she accepts the position.

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Working titles for this film were "Safari in Paradise" and "Help Wanted Female". See more »

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Maizie West: Good morning, darling. What's the matter with my toots?
Fred Gilbert: Don't call me toots!
Maizie West: Why not?
Fred Gilbert: In the office I'd like you to remember its Mr. Gilbert.
Maizie West: Anything you say, toots!
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A script! A script! My kingdom for a script!
9 March 2011 | by (Lancaster PA) – See all my reviews

Romantic comedies aren't supposed to tax the brain, and so they tend to have weak plots. This one is far weaker than most romantic comedies.

That's not to say that the characters aren't pleasant. Dorothea Kent as Maizie is an especially fun character, but the rest of the cast is certainly competent as well. If only they'd had a decent script, the resources put into this film could have resulted in a really nice movie.

This movie was released on Christmas Eve 1936, but it would have fared better had it been released in late summer. In that era, movie theaters were among the few facilities that were air conditioned. Spending the day in a blast-furnace of a workplace, and sleeping in a bed soaked with sweat was miserable, so movie houses didn't need much in the way of entertainment to sell tickets; the cold air was sufficient for that.


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