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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

RKO Radio Pictures production number 531. 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

Daisy Presby: Oh, don't tell me you wear french lingerie beneath that flour sack.
Mary Linden: What I wear next to my lily white body is, strange as it may seem, nobody's business.
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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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The movie that answers the question: "What happens....
3 October 2002 | by funkyfrySee all my reviews

This is a pretty clever, well-acted version of the "modern" 30s woman's fairytale romance. In this case, she helps the man she loves become head of the company while serving as his secretary and eventually wins his love from a scheming social butterfly. Interestingly, her business sense is shown as subtly parallel to her homemaking prowess, and the ladies of the office are depicted as the "powers behind the throne." Lifted way above the average by Mrs. Astor's intelligent performance.


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