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Man Wanted (1932)

Not Rated | | Romance, Comedy, Drama | 23 April 1932 (USA)
A female editor of a magazine falls in love with her male secretary.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

Robert Lord (story), Charles Kenyon (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Lois Ames
David Manners ... Thomas 'Tom' / 'Tommy' Sherman
Una Merkel ... Ruth 'Ruthie' Holman
Andy Devine ... Andy Doyle
Kenneth Thomson ... Fred 'Freddie' Ames
Claire Dodd ... Ann Le Maire
Elizabeth Patterson ... Miss Harper, Lois' Secretary
Edward Van Sloan ... Mr. Walters, French & Sprague Manager
Robert Greig ... Harper (scenes deleted)
Frank Coghlan Jr. ... Youngster in Store (as Junior Coghlan)
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Storyline

Lois is the editor of the 400 Magazine and is a work-a-holic. When Tom comes to her office to sell her a rowing machine, he leaves as her personal secretary. After a short time, he is an executive decision maker who works closely with Lois, and he falls for her. But Lois is married to playboy Fred, and for that reason, Tom decides to marry Ruth and leave the firm. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Romance | Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Dangerous Brunette See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Kay Francis' first film at Warner Bros. See more »

Quotes

Thomas 'Tom': Listen, kid, it isn't fair to you to be engaged.
Ruth 'Ruthie' Holman: Why not?
Thomas 'Tom': Well, that night we were all swanked up and I talked you into it. Who am I to be engaged to any woman?
Ruth 'Ruthie' Holman: You know something, you were just fooling, but, its true, if you hadn't been swank that night, we wouldn't be engaged.
Thomas 'Tom': I knew you had brains. I knew you'd see it that way.
Ruth 'Ruthie' Holman: Why, of course, I do. Seeing you swank was what made me fall in love with you - the swell way you carried your liquor. Any boy who can get away with what you did, so ...
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Soundtracks

Dancing with Tears in My Eyes
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Played by the nightclub orchestra
Sung by Una Merkel
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Nice precode
13 September 2008 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Man Wanted" was made in 1932 before the Code was put in place, and it's quite entertaining, starring the beautiful Kay Francis, David Manners, Una Merkel and Elizabeth Patterson. Francis plays Lois Ames, a sophisticated, glamorous publisher who works constantly. Her old secretary (Elizabeth Patterson) won't work overtime, so she's fired. A man, Tommy Sherman (Manners) who has come to sell her something impresses her, and she offers him the secretarial job. He accepts and becomes invaluable to her, moving up in rank. All the time, he's falling in love with her. He has fiancé (Una Merkel) and Lois has a husband, Freddie. Freddie lives off of his wife, and though she loves him, she realizes that he has affairs. In one scene, Freddie is on his way to an assignation when Lois comes home unexpectedly early. Freddie goes with the moment, and they're both in the mood. Just before she gets into bed, Lois finds the other woman's hotel key. She puts in on her husband's pillow and feigns sleep.

Dieterle does a good job with the pace of the film. The gender references are quite interesting. Tommy assumes the female publisher he'll be meeting will be an old hag and is surprised to see such a young, good-looking woman; nothing is made of her hiring a male secretary. One wonders, though, had she a very capable woman secretary, would she have risen to a higher position? It's something to think about.


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