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She Married Her Boss (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 19 September 1935 (USA)
A super-efficient secretary at a department store falls for and marries her boss, but finds out that taking care of him at home (and especially his spoiled-brat daughter) is a lot different from taking care of him at work.

Director:

Gregory La Cava

Writers:

Sidney Buchman (screenplay), Thyra Samter Winslow (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Julia Scott
Melvyn Douglas ... Richard Barclay
Michael Bartlett ... Leonard 'Lennie' Rogers
Raymond Walburn ... Franklin
Jean Dixon ... Martha Pryor
Katharine Alexander ... Gertrude Barclay
Edith Fellows ... Annabel Barclay
Clara Kimball Young ... Parsons
Grace Hayle ... Agnes Mayo (as Grace Hale)
Charles Arnt ... Victor Jessup
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harrison Greene Harrison Greene ... Fat Shopper
Dave O'Brien ... Shopper
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A super-efficient secretary at a department store falls for and marries her boss, but finds out that taking care of him at home (and especially his spoiled-brat daughter) is a lot different from taking care of him at work.

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Grand in her Greatest! See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

She Wanted Her Boss See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The beginning theme music is the same as the 1934 movie It Happened One Night. See more »

Quotes

Annabel Barclay: I don't like you.
Martha Pryor: I'm sure I could learn to like you, if you were roasted.
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Soundtracks

Parlez-moi d'Amour
(uncredited)
Music by Jean Lenoir
Lyrics by Jean Lenoir
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Uneven comedy with good performances
16 March 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Claudette Colbert and Melvyn Douglas star in "She Married Her Boss," a 1935 comedy also starring Edith Fellows and Jean Dixon.

This is a very dated comedy including a wife having to leave her career when she gets married, drunk driving, and child abuse - all things that are pretty much out now. Sometimes it's hard, but the only way to get anything out of these movies is to take them for what they were - done at a specific time when society mores were different. Some of it, however, has to do with the censors, particularly the career woman part, and there really wasn't any need for it. Interesting to me that the censors were very careful to push the nonworking mom but okayed spanking a kid with a hairbrush and drunk driving.

Claudette Colbert is Julia Scott, an efficient assistant at a department store, taking care of a huge office for her boss Richard Barclay (Melvyn Douglas). Julia isn't happy - her idea of a real career would be to marry her boss, with whom she's been in love for six years. She gets her wish, and his darling daughter (Fellows) along with it.

Julia finds that Barclay's home is a mess, and sets about putting it in order. Bonding with his daughter is going to take more, however, than mere efficiency. The kid's a brat. And Barclay's sister, who's used to having things her own way, is no party either.

Colbert is fabulous, and Douglas, one of the great actors, doesn't infuse a terrible part with much warmth. His character isn't very likable, and one never feels that this is a truly married and in love couple. I don't really blame Douglas - the role is badly written, to go along with some of the script. The supporting actors are all excellent, including the aforementioned, Katherine Alexander as Barclay's sister and Raymond Walburn as the butler.

There are some very good scenes, and the film is definitely worth it for Colbert - and a look at how far we've come in some arenas.


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