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His Private Secretary (1933)

Dick Wallace secretly marries a minister's grand-daughter but his father, who thinks she is a gold digger, is opposed. She takes a job with the company under her maiden name to prove she's okay.

Director:

Phil Whitman (as Philip H. Whitman)

Writers:

Lewis D. Collins (story) (as Lew Collins), Jack Natteford (adaptation) (as Jack Francis Natteford)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Evalyn Knapp ... Marion Hall
John Wayne ... Dick Wallace
Reginald Barlow Reginald Barlow ... Mr. Wallace
Alec B. Francis ... Rev. Hall
Arthur Hoyt ... Little
Natalie Kingston ... Polly
Patrick Cunning Patrick Cunning ... Van - Polly's Brother
Al St. John ... Tom - Garage Owner
Hugh Kidder Hugh Kidder ... Jenkins - the Butler
Mickey Rentschler ... Joe Boyd
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Storyline

Dick Wallace is a free-wheeling playboy adverse to working in his workaholic father's office and resisting his advice about the evils of wine, women, and song. He accidentally meets, falls in love with, and elopes with Marion Hall, a respectable, attractive ministers's granddaughter he meets at a gas station but his father assumes she's a gold-digger. When she comes to the senior Wallace's office, he hires her as his secretary and continue to resist young Dick's request that he meet his new wife, a situation that results in some awkward and amusing complications. Written by duke1029

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secretaria particular See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$9,600 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Freeman Lang Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The official cast lists the butler's name as "Jenkins," but John Wayne's Dick character calls him " Diggs." See more »

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When Dick and Marion first meet at the gas station she is by the rear left fender of his car, talking to the attendant on the other side, yet when Dick adjusts the rear view mirror we see Marion's full face instead of a left profile. Then Marion turns her back on the mirror, but when Dick adjusts it downward, we see the front of Marion's feet and legs instead of the back. Only when the camera backs off does Marion turn around and face Dick and the mirror. See more »

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Jenkins - the Butler: [opening the front door to allow Dick and friends in] Shhh!
Dick Wallace: [Coming in boisterously drunk after a night on the town] Hello, Diggsy, old boy!
Jenkins - the Butler: Your father's trying to sleep, sir.
Dick Wallace: Ohhhh... better let leeping dads lie, eh, Diggs?
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For Showmen's Pictures
18 February 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

During a time when John Wayne was doing some B westerns and appearing in a few other films for Warner Brothers, he was apparently lent out to an independent outfit called Showmen's Pictures where he was the male lead in a comedy called His Private Secretary.

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Granted that the film doesn't exactly have the production values that one would have associated with the major studios and it can't get a better rating from me because of that. Still the performances were not bad and the Duke did a fine job in this one.

John Wayne plays the young playboy son of banker Reginald Barlow and all he has on his mind is chasing women. He's the despair of dear old dad who would like the Duke to just settle down in the family business. When he agrees to come to work, his first assignment is to get some deadbeat to cough up his loan money or foreclose.

Remember this is the Great Depression and a lot of people were in similar circumstances. But in this case the deadbeat is minister Alec B. Francis who has a pretty granddaughter Evelyn Knapp and with the Duke it's always pleasure before business.

Because Knapp doesn't immediately fall for his line and shows a serious side he's not seen in many women, Wayne is really taken with her. I think I need not say more because if you've seen thirties type comedies you know where this is heading.

The interesting thing to speculate is if this film had been the product of one of the major studios and had been given production values and a distribution level commiserate with same, what kind of turn John Wayne's career might have taken.


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