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The Social Secretary (1916)


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Cast overview:
Mrs. de Puyster
Helen Weir ...
Elsie de Puyster
Jimmie de Puyster
Herbert French ...
The Count
The Buzzard
Nathaniel Sack


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Comedy | Drama





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17 September 1916 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De particuliere secretaresse  »

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1.33 : 1
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Norma Talmadge, Flapper Style
15 July 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie was so cute you could pinch its cheeks. Where has the cuteness gone in films? The silents were filled with cuteness!

Norma Talmadge stars as a pretty secretary who changes jobs alot due to passes made at her by sex-starved bosses. She finally answers an ad for a rich household on Fifth Ave. as a social secretary and makes herself look homely and unattractive so she doesn't lose this one. She gets the job and proves a valuable employee, but the playboy son in the house starts to realize her game. One night he comes home drunk and she thinks he's a burglar and hits him over the head with a flower vase. She's in her nighty without all her makeup and he chases her around the house and she locks herself in her bedroom. The next morning she plans on leaving, but at breakfast the son passes her a napkin on which he writes he's sorry, and won't do it again, and will she please stay on? He seems truly apologetic and so she stays.

Norma ends up saving the day when one of her former employers who was a wolf tries to ensnare the younger daughter of the family into a marriage because he's broke. She tries to tell the mother of the house but she won't believe Norma, so Norma at a party dresses up really pretty and reveals her true identity to the mother, and ensnares the former employer into an embrace in the garden to show the mother the true character of the wolf. The wolf is sent away in disgrace but sends a letter to the daughter of the house in secret that everyone is conspiring against him, and if she wants to marry him she'd better elope with him. The note works and the girl sneaks off. Well, I won't tell you the rest, this is getting long, but check out The Social Secretary for some smiles and fun.

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