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More Than a Secretary (1936)

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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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Complete credited cast:
Carol Baldwin
George Brent ...
Fred Gilbert
Ruth Donnelly ...
Helen Davis
Bill Houston
Dorothea Kent ...
Maizie West
Charles Halton ...
Mr. Crosby
Geraldine Hall ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Copeland ...
Window Washer (scenes deleted)
Tom Ricketts ...
Henry (scenes deleted)
C.L. Sherwood ...
Window Washer (scenes deleted)


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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Release Date:

24 December 1936 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Several cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Nick Copeland (Window Washer), C.L. Sherwood (Window Washer), Tom Ricketts (Henry) and Charles Irwin (Mounted Police). There is a mounted policeman seen near the end, but in extreme long-shot and from above. He is not recognizable. See more »

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Jean Totes A Heavy Load
5 September 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

With Jean Arthur, Ruth Donnelly, and Lionel Stander in the cast, More Than A Secretary starts to look like a road company Mr. Deeds Goes To Town. Too bad it isn't quite up to the standard of that comedy classic.

But this was more an example of the fluff that Jean Arthur was asked to carry in her career. Not every film could be a Mr. Deeds.

Jean and Ruth Donnelly run a secretarial school from which they graduate women of all kinds including Dorothea Kent, a poor man's Marie Wilson. Dorothea's typing and shorthand leave much to be desired, but she does have other assets and his certainly decorative enough.

Jean goes to work for health magazine editor George Brent who is maniacal on the subject of fitness, sexist in his views of women, and something of a puritan. But Jean proves pretty indispensable as his magazine circulation starts to boom.

But then Reginald Denny who has a jealous wife dumps Dorothea back on George who with Jean has to put up with her incompetence. Something has to give.

The whole thing was rather silly to me. Why they don't just fire this bimbo is beyond me. Maybe Denny's hormones are making the decision for him, but Brent's certainly aren't.

Maybe I'm too harsh on the film though. I in fact worked for a woman who headed a state agency and she was so stupid she couldn't probably spell the word. I could have seen her like Kent, running Tina's Nail Salon on Cropsey Avenue in Brooklyn. But she also was in her job because somebody's hormones went into overdrive.

George Brent was borrowed from Warner Brothers by Harry Cohn for this film. My only question is why did he use a favor from Jack Warner for this. Or was Brent being punished?

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