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Private Number (1936)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 5 June 1936 (USA)
A maid secretly marries the son of her wealthy boss.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Gene Markey (screen play), William M. Conselman (screen play) (as William Conselman) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Taylor ... Richard Winfield
Loretta Young ... Ellen Neal
Basil Rathbone ... Wroxton
Patsy Kelly ... Gracie
Joe E. Lewis ... Smiley Watson (as Joe Lewis)
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Winfield
Paul Harvey ... Perry Winfield
Jane Darwell ... Mrs. Meecham
Paul Stanton ... Rawlings
John Miljan ... Stapp
Monroe Owsley ... Coakley
Billy Bevan ... Frederick
Frank Dawson Frank Dawson ... Graham
George Irving ... Judge
May Beatty May Beatty ... Grandma Gammon
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Storyline

A young woman searching for work takes a job as a maid for a rich family. Intrigue follows as a butler schemes to make the attractive newcomer his own. Only to be foiled by the wealthy son's attraction to her. The fall in love, secretly marry and the maid finds she is pregnant. Twist of fate complicates the storyline as the butler seeks revenge for his rejection. He tells all to the family in the hopes of ending the marriage. A courtroom drama ensues with the family poised against the wife/maid. All is made good with a dramatic turn of events. Written by Robert Franssen

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Esposa anónima See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print) | (copyright length)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

Jane Darwell is billed as "Mrs. Meecham" but is called "Mrs. Frisby" twice. See more »

Quotes

Wroxton: Hazel - you'll take your orders from me.
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She's completely irresistible...
17 February 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Ellen (Loretta Young) arrives at a mansion seeking work as a domestic. Although she has no previous experience and normally wouldn't have been hired, the cruel head butler (Basil Rathbone) thinks she's a hot tomato and hires her--presumably so he can one day have his way with her. However, the unexpected happens...the son of the family she now works for soon falls for her. Richard (Robert Taylor) is very persistent and eventually they begin seeing each other on the sly. It becomes serious...so serious that he wants to marry her. But if she does, will the family accept her? And what about the cruel head butler? He's not the sort to just give up...especially when he has something he can blackmail her with should he choose to do so.

This is a very interesting film when you realize how tall Basil Rathbone was in real life. He wasn't a small guy...but here the director must be manipulating perspective to make him look much taller and more menacing. So, while he's only less than two inches taller than Robert Taylor, he towers over him...and everyone else. This was actually a smart move and really made him seem all the more awful!

So is this any good? Well, considering the actors, it couldn't help but be very good. Young and Taylor are very good but Rathbone steals the show with his shear awfulness...he really was a terrific villain. Also, in a small role, Monroe Owsley was AMAZING as a pusilanimous jerk...and his courtroom scene is one of the best I've seen in some time. Too bad Owsley died the following year. Well worth seeing and satisfying all around.


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