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My Dear Secretary (1948)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 5 November 1948 (USA)
A romance novelist appoints a would-be writer as his secretary. Although she is initially dismayed by his work ethic and playboy attitude, they begin to fall in love.

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Charles Martin

Writer:

Charles Martin
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Laraine Day ... Stephanie 'Steve' Gaylord
Kirk Douglas ... Owen Waterbury
Keenan Wynn ... Ronnie Hastings
Helen Walker ... Elsie
Rudy Vallee ... Charles Harris
Florence Bates ... Horrible Hannah Reeve (the landlady)
Alan Mowbray ... Deveny (Bryant Detective Agency)
Irene Ryan ... Mary
Gale Robbins ... Dawn O'Malley
Grady Sutton ... Sylvan Scott
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Storyline

Owen Waterbury, bestselling novelist, recruits aspiring writer Stephanie 'Steve' Gaylord as his latest of many secretaries. The stars in her eyes fade when she finds she is to work in his apartment, with a constant parade of eccentric visitors and slapstick provided by klutzy roommate Ronnie. Moreover, Waterbury's idea of work looks a lot like play, his interest less in books than in blondes. She leaves; to get her back, he swallows his playboy principles and marries her. Can the leopard change his spots? Can Stephanie turn the tables? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He chased her . . . 'til she caught him!

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kedves titkárnőm See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Quotes

Owen Waterbury: Keep your mind on the dice when you roll!
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I sat wide eyed through much of this barely able to believe what was being said, was indeed being said
29 August 2007 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Where has this movie been hiding all my life? Picked it up cheaply mainly to see what a young Kirk Douglas was like, not being a particular fan of his much acclaimed later work. This is a screwball comedy that is really funny, not just because of the situations but with jokes too. I sat wide eyed through much of this barely able to believe what was being said, was indeed being said. Douglas is great and Laraine day fine but Keenan Wynn, perhaps a little influenced by Grouch Marx, is fantastic. Some really great lines and gags and only a little slapstick, mainly surrounding his attempts at domesticity. No boring passages, this is a solid romp from start to finish.

PS Just one thing, my copy is a PAL Region '0' Dynamic Entertainment release on DVD and has a poor snowy picture and a barely tolerable 'ringing' soundtrack. There seem to be various 'public domain' releases, does anyone know of a decent copy?


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