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Behind Office Doors (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 15 March 1931 (USA)
Mary Linden is the secretary who is the unheralded power behind successful executive James Duneen. He takes her for granted until rival Wales tries to take her away from him.

Director:

Melville W. Brown (as Melville Brown)

Writers:

Alan Schultz (by) (as Alan Brener Schultz), Carey Wilson (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Astor ... Mary Linden
Robert Ames ... James Duneen
Ricardo Cortez ... Ronnie Wales
Catherine Dale Owen ... Ellen May Robinson
Kitty Kelly ... Delores Kogan
Edna Murphy ... Daisy Presby
Charles Sellon ... John Ritter
William Morris ... Banker Charles H. Robinson
George MacFarlane ... (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Mary Linden is the secretary who is the unheralded power behind successful executive James Duneen. He takes her for granted until rival Wales tries to take her away from him.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Private Secretary See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Duneen hires Daisy at $50/week - prompting a concerned look from Mary. She had a good reason as the average salary for all workers in 1931 was $35/week, and secretaries on average made only $20/week. See more »

Goofs

When Duneen stands up from sitting on the edge of his desk and moves forward and off camera to the right, his mouth moves as if saying something, but no words are heard. See more »

Quotes

Girl in Duneen's Apartment: Can I play some jazz now?
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Soundtracks

Three Little Words
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Played as dance music in the nightclub
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talkie for mary astor. pretty good.
25 March 2018 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Mary Astor had started in silent films, and was probably best known for "Maltese Falcon". It was refreshing to see a woman of that time not use the annoying baby voice to trick men into getting her things, as many of the films of the time did. At the office, she supports her boss, and knows that some day he will be the president, and she can be the power behind the throne. They finally do go on a date, but then things get complicated. Co-stars Ricardo Cortez and Robert Ames. Ames only made a couple more films and drank himself to death. This one is pretty good. Directed by Melville Brown for RKO. Shows on Epix channel.


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