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My Dear Secretary (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 5 November 1948 (USA)
Owen Waterbury, bestselling novelist, recruits aspiring writer Stephanie 'Steve' Gaylord as his latest of many secretaries. The stars in her eyes fade when she finds she is to work in his ... See full summary »




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Complete credited cast:
Ronnie Hastings
Charles Harris
Horrible Hannah Reeve (the landlady)
Deveny (Bryant Detective Agency)
Dawn O'Malley
Sylvan Scott


Owen Waterbury, bestselling novelist, recruits aspiring writer Stephanie 'Steve' Gaylord as his latest of many secretaries. The stars in her eyes fade when she finds she is to work in his apartment, with a constant parade of eccentric visitors and slapstick provided by klutzy roommate Ronnie. Moreover, Waterbury's idea of work looks a lot like play, his interest less in books than in blondes. She leaves; to get her back, he swallows his playboy principles and marries her. Can the leopard change his spots? Can Stephanie turn the tables? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He chased her . . . 'til she caught him!


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

5 November 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kedves titkárnőm  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


Mrs. Reeves: I guess I'll run along.
Ronnie Hastings: Must you go? I was just poisoning the tea.
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Material Too Light for Kirk Douglas
12 March 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

My Dear Secretary proved one thing in the career of Kirk Douglas, comedy was not his strength.

Kirk Douglas has made a career of playing dramatic and egotistical heels, but in this case the director didn't keep him under control. I could not believe that Owen Waterbury could have anyone other than himself fall in love with him.

Plot such as it is has Laraine Day as a student becoming enthralled with writer Kirk Douglas's lecture at her night school and then going to work as his secretary. She's a budding writer also and I think you can see where the rest of this film is going.

There are some nice performances from some of the supporting players. One has to single out Keenan Wynn as Douglas's neighbor and partaker in merriment.

If My Dear Secretary was done today, Wynn's character would be openly gay instead of it just being hinted at. As it is, he camps it up to beat all the Boys in the Band.

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