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More Than a Secretary (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 24 December 1936 (USA)
When the co-owner of a secretarial school visits a magazine editor to find out why he runs through secretaries, she's mistaken for an applicant. Drawn to him, she accepts the position.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Dale Van Every (screen play), Lynn Starling (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Arthur ... Carol Baldwin
George Brent ... Fred Gilbert
Lionel Stander ... Ernest
Ruth Donnelly ... Helen Davis
Reginald Denny ... Bill Houston
Dorothea Kent ... Maizie West
Charles Halton ... Mr. Crosby
Geraldine Hall Geraldine Hall ... Enid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Copeland Nick Copeland ... Window Washer (scenes deleted)
Tom Ricketts ... Henry (scenes deleted)
C.L. Sherwood C.L. Sherwood ... Window Washer (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

When the co-owner of a secretarial school visits a magazine editor to find out why he runs through secretaries, she's mistaken for an applicant. Drawn to him, she accepts the position.

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Help Wanted: Female See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The story was adapted by Ethel Hill and Aben Kandel, based on the magazine story "Safari in Manhattan" by Matt Taylor. It tells the story of a health magazine secretary who is in love with her boss. See more »

Quotes

Maizie West: Is, eh, is she a woman?
Fred Gilbert: Oh, yes.
Maizie West: Oh dear, I do hope she'll like me. Women don't always do.
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References The Final Hour (1936) See more »

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A script! A script! My kingdom for a script!
9 March 2011 | by Harl DelosSee all my reviews

Romantic comedies aren't supposed to tax the brain, and so they tend to have weak plots. This one is far weaker than most romantic comedies.

That's not to say that the characters aren't pleasant. Dorothea Kent as Maizie is an especially fun character, but the rest of the cast is certainly competent as well. If only they'd had a decent script, the resources put into this film could have resulted in a really nice movie.

This movie was released on Christmas Eve 1936, but it would have fared better had it been released in late summer. In that era, movie theaters were among the few facilities that were air conditioned. Spending the day in a blast-furnace of a workplace, and sleeping in a bed soaked with sweat was miserable, so movie houses didn't need much in the way of entertainment to sell tickets; the cold air was sufficient for that.


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