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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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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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The Alvin Theatre which Carol and Ellen pass on their way back to New York City is playing, as you might expect, two recent Columbia features, _Counterfeit (1936)_ with Chester Morris and Margot Grahame and _The Fatal Hour (1936)_with Ralph Bellamy and Marguerite Churchill. See more »

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Fred Gilbert: Oh, you mean, make sort of a racket out of it, I suppose.
Carol Baldwin: Sure. Why not? Everybody else does it. You buy toothpaste because a couple of blackface comics make you laugh. Coffee isn't coffee anymore, it's an amateur hour. Soap? Why soap is the road to love! Ballyhoo, that's what gets 'em.
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Working girl works for fitness fiend...mild comedy...
16 January 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

GEORGE BRENT, editor of a fitness magazine dedicated to diet and exercise, takes JEAN ARTHUR as a secretary--a woman who quits her job as a typing instructor to find out if she can find romance with a handsome and very particular employer if she pretends to be his full-time secretary. Seems that he's been unimpressed with all of the less skillful applicants.

RUTH DONNELLY, LIONEL STANDER and REGINALD DENNY have fun with subordinate roles in this wacky ode to screwball comedy. The fun comes in wondering just how Arthur is going to change his staid ways and overly dedicated devotion to exercise and body building. Of course what Brent needs is a fresh viewpoint on selling points for his dignified magazine and Arthur is just the gal to give it to him.

It's the sort of run-of-the-mill, breezy comedy that studios churned out for Depression weary audiences--so don't look for realism here. But JEAN ARTHUR is at her perky best and GEORGE BRENT manages to unbend a little in a role with comic overtones. DOROTHEA KENT tries hard, but manages not to steal scenes in a ditsy dumb blonde role that would have been perfect for either Jean Harlow or Judy Holliday (at a later time).

Trivia note: As surprising as it seems, this trifle of a comedy played at Radio City Music Hall on its original release.


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