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Take a Letter, Darling (1942)

Approved | | Comedy | 6 May 1942 (USA)
A struggling painter takes a job as a secretary to a female advertising executive. While working to obtain an account from a tobacco company, they end up falling in love.

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Tom Verney
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Jonathan Caldwell
Constance Moore ...
Ethel Caldwell
Robert Benchley ...
G.B. Atwater
Charles Arnt ...
Fud Newton (as Charles E. Arnt)
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Uncle George
Kathleen Howard ...
Aunt Minnie
Margaret Seddon ...
Aunt Judy
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Moses
George Reed ...
Sam French
Margaret Hayes ...
Sally French
Sonny Boy Williams ...
Micky Dowling
John Holland ...
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A struggling painter takes a job as a secretary to a female advertising executive. While working to obtain an account from a tobacco company, they end up falling in love. Written by Ken Carson <kcarson@efn.org>

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She Had Him Put in a Full Day's Work ... At Night!

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Ela e o Secretário  »

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"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 4, 1948 with Fred MacMurray and Rosalind Russell reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Tom Verney: You're a beautiful brain and beautiful clothes. No temperature, no pulse. That's all.
A.M. MacGregor: Where did you learn about women, Verney?
Tom Verney: It isn't a matter of learning. It's instinct.
A.M. MacGregor: I'm a brain with no pulse, eh? I'm a woman, Verney, more woman than you'll ever know.
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At the end of the last scene, the camera zooms in on a billboard, which shows the closing credits...and an ad for the film's fictional tobacco company. See more »

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First Half-Hour Sparkles
23 May 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The first half-hour sparkles. Tom (Mac Murray) is hired as a male secretary to what turns out to be a female (Russell) advertising executive. Worse, A.M. (that's her name) insists the tall good-looking secretary act as her beck-and-call escort. Remember, those were the days of strictly defined gender roles that were being transgressed by the arrangement. Hence, it's a setup with all sorts of entertaining complications. Meanwhile, Tom sees his masculinity slipping away, playing second-fiddle to a woman even if she is a generous paymaster. Those early scenes crackle with amusing by-play and are beautifully performed by two of Hollywood's best. I just wish the versatile Mac Murray had gotten the recognition his talent deserves.

However, once the focus shifts to complications with the Caldwells (Carey & Moore), the movie settles into more familiar and less sparkling terrain. Nonetheless, the results remain a fine example of studio craftsmanship from the '40's. Screenwriter Binyon, for example, was renowned for the wit and satirical abilities that show up here, while director Leisen certainly had the right touch for the frothy material. Note, for example, how many of his scenes don't end with a conventional cut-away from cast principals. Instead, Leisen ends the nightclub scene with two extras engaged in some card-playing business, or the scene that ends with a bellhop extra walking a dog up the hallway. These are colorful touches from a director who obviously cares.

Anyway, in my book, the movie's an imaginative little comedy from the studio that certainly knew how to do them, Paramount.


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