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Behind Office Doors (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 15 March 1931 (USA)
Mary Linden is the secretary who is the unheralded power behind successful executive James Duneen. He takes her for granted until rival Wales tries to take her away from him.

Director:

Melville W. Brown (as Melville Brown)

Writers:

Alan Schultz (by) (as Alan Brener Schultz), Carey Wilson (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Astor ... Mary Linden
Robert Ames ... James Duneen
Ricardo Cortez ... Ronnie Wales
Catherine Dale Owen ... Ellen May Robinson
Kitty Kelly ... Delores Kogan
Edna Murphy ... Daisy Presby
Charles Sellon ... John Ritter
William Morris ... Banker Charles H. Robinson
George MacFarlane ... Undetermined Secondary Role
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Storyline

Mary Linden is the secretary who is the unheralded power behind successful executive James Duneen. He takes her for granted until rival Wales tries to take her away from him.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 March 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Private Secretary See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The $15 Duneen says he paid for the striped shirt would equate to $236 in 2016. See more »

Goofs

When Duneen stands up from sitting on the edge of his desk and moves forward and off camera to the right, his mouth moves as if saying something, but no words are heard. See more »

Quotes

Daisy Presby: Listen, suga, I go past all red lights without even slowing down.
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Soundtracks

Three Little Words
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar
Played as dance music in the nightclub
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Blandly Feminist For Its Time
16 December 2019 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

In days past BOD would have been called a 'woman's picture', since affairs of the heart occupy the storyline instead of action, mystery or suspense. Fortunately, actress Astor (Linden) turns in a nicely low-key turn as the under-appreciated power behind boss Duneen's company throne. She craves his affection instead of the compliments he occasionally provides her. Now he's planning to wed a high-society girl even though it's Linden's advice who's gotten him to the top. So what will become of her.

For me, a guy, the flick only has occasional interest as when character conflict comes to the top. Otherwise, the narrative's too talky and stage-bound, even though the gals do go through a number of gown changes on camera (Pre-Code, 1931). Too bad also that a more charismatic actor doesn't appear as Duneen. It's really hard to see how the savvy Linden could get so stuck on such a bland leading man that also weakens focal interest. Then too, the narrative staggers more than it unfolds, the director adding little or nothing. Anyway, I think a mild feminist under-current underlies key points of the plot, which, to me, is really the only reason to catch up with the uneven 82-minutes.


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