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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
Ruth Donnelly ...
Helen Davis
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Bill Houston
Dorothea Kent ...
Maizie West
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Mr. Crosby
Geraldine Hall ...
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Nick Copeland ...
Window Washer (scenes deleted)
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Henry (scenes deleted)
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: Excuse it, please, Mr. Houston. Mr. Gilbert and me was discussing our bodies.
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Not a great example of Jean Arthur's work
18 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jean Arthur is a secretarial teacher who becomes "More Than a Secretary," a 1936 comedy also starring George Brent, Lionel Stander, Ruth Donnelly, Reginald Denny and Dorothea Kent. Arthur and Donnelly run a secretarial school for dizzy young women who plan on using their skills to nab husbands in corporate America. One gal in particular, Maizie (Kent) is a total dropout but seems to have the man magnet technique down, to the disgust of the bespectacled Carol, who hasn't given up on love. When a client fires another secretary, Carol decides to replace her and goes to work for a health magazine run by Fred Gilbert (Brent). Carol falls for him...and then complications arise in the form of the aforementioned Maizie.

This is a very dated, slow, and ultimately boring comedy that fails to hold interest. Brent is actually quite good as a passionate health nut. Comedy is a departure for him, and he's successful at it. Arthur is very good, but it's not a role with the type of range one is used to seeing her do. And it's hard to get past the extremely dated notion of women going to work only to meet men and then quitting their jobs, their goal accomplished. But the typewriters are a hoot as are the phrases being dictated. If you're old enough to remember Peter Piper picked a peck etc., standard manual typewriters and manual returns, you'll have a good laugh.


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