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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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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>

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

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Comedy | Romance

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5 November 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Kedves titkárnőm  »

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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 »

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Ronnie Hastings: Is it informal, or shall I bathe?
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Zany movie, fabulous script, laugh lines galore
23 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Every line is a gag in this hilarious romp with Kirk Douglas, Laraine Day, Keenan Wynn and a great support cast. Watching this, and most other comedy romances of the 30s through 50s, it's easy to understand how so many movie fans can conclude that they don't make movies that can compare today.

Laraine Day was known mostly for her dramatic roles over the years, including some pretty good film noir. And, Kirk Douglas was more of an action and dramatic actor. But both are good in this comedy in descending straight roles for the running dialogue of wit and wisecracks carried off mostly by Keenan Wynn. The script was excellent and the combination of characters brought it all together nicely for one big hoot of a good time.

It's hard to understand the low average rating for this film. With only 350 votes as of the time of my comments, I have to conclude that, except for the few other commentors who saw the great humor, most viewers to date just don't like comedy. Or worse -- they may be modern movie mavens who don't recognize real humor. Perhaps the dialogue is over the heads of the crowds that only recognize constant blurs of mayhem, noise and motion.

Given time, and perhaps some more daytime or late night TV airing, this gem of a comedy may catch the eye and tickle the funny bone of more living and breathing humans. If you're one of those, I heartily recommend "My Dear Secretary" for an afternoon or evening of good laughs.


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