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Beauty and the Boss (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 9 April 1932 (USA)
An executive hires a mousy, plain woman as his secretary so she will not divert him from his work, but she still becomes determined to win his heart.


Roy Del Ruth


Ladislas Fodor (play) (as Ladislaus Fodor), Joseph Jackson (adaptation)

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Complete credited cast:
Marian Marsh ... Susie Sachs
David Manners ... Baron Paul von Ullrich
Warren William ... Baron Josef von Ullrich
Charles Butterworth ... Ludwig Pfeffer Jr.
Frederick Kerr ... Count Von Tolheim
Mary Doran ... Olive 'Ollie' Frey
Robert Greig ... Chappel


The Baron is a banker, in Vienna, who works at at very fast pace. He appreciates beautiful women, but fires the beautiful Miss Frey as he considers her a diversion to work. Susie sneaks into his office to apply for the job as the Baron's secretary. Since she is plain looking, as poor as a 'Church Mouse' and very fast at dictation, she gets the job. She keeps all the women away from the Baron so that he can concentrate on his work. In Paris, Miss Frey tells Susie the secret to being 'A Woman', and the little Church Mouse becomes a Lion. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Release Date:

9 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fröken kyrkråtta See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The play upon which this film is based, "A Church Mouse", opened on Broadway at the Playhouse Theatre, 137 W. 48th St., on October 12, 1931 and ran for 164 performances until March, 1932. See more »


The Baron's airplane has a registration number on the tail of NC394E. The "NC" indicates it is registered in the United States, not Austria, which would have begun with the two letter code "OE" at the time. See more »


Baron Josef von Ullrich: Well, Ludwig, we'll be there in no time. I tell you, the airplane is the greatest invention of the age!
Ludwig Pfeffer Jr.: Yes, excellency, but I still prefer the bicycle.
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Version of Moderna Stahtopouta (1965) See more »


Music by [name=nm0006079]
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Fun competition for the boss...
30 July 2017 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Clearly a pun on "Beauty and the Beast".... this early talkie is so under-rated. It's just before the Hays code started being enforced, and the clever banter gets quite saucy. Warren William (from the Lone Wolf films) is the all-business, hardworking company president, who has no time for the flirtations of his secretaries, first Mary Doran, then Marian Marsh. It turns into a kind of competition between the two girls, after a confrontation. Doran is "Ollie", who uses her wit, wiles, and low-cut dresses to try to lure in the Baron. Susie (Marsh) tries to take the high road at first, but sees how easy it is to make men swoon with Ollie's naughty girlie ways. Charles Butterworth is here as the office manager, and has all the best lines. That dry, sarcastic wit, which he brought from his vaudeville days, usually muttered under his breath. He was only 36 in this film, but wow, he always looked old as dirt. Frederick Kerr is the Baron's sidekick, but doesn't really add much to the story. It's fun being an observer, to see who will "win" the prize. Story by Hungarian Ladislas Fodor, and the foreign currency and other words creep into the conversation. Directed by Roy Del Ruth, who had been around since the early days of silents, and successfully moved into talkies. This one is a lot of fun. Doesn't seem to have been shown often on TCM, with only 300 votes. Warner packed a lot into 66 minutes, and it moves right along. Recommended ! Catch it if you can. Warner Brother archives HAS released this on DVD...

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