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Employees' Entrance (1933)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 11 February 1933 (USA)
A working girl is menaced by her tyrannical employer.

Director:

Roy Del Ruth

Writers:

Robert Presnell Sr. (screen play) (as Robert Presnell), David Boehm (based on a play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Warren William ... Kurt Anderson
Loretta Young ... Madeline Walters
Wallace Ford ... Martin West
Alice White ... Polly Dale
Hale Hamilton ... Monroe
Albert Gran ... Denton Ross
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. Hickox
Ruth Donnelly ... Miss Hall
Frank Reicher ... Garfinkle
Charles Sellon ... Higgins
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... The Editor (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Kurt Anderson is the tyrannical manager of a New York department store in financial straits. He thinks nothing of firing an employee of more than 20 years or of toying with the affections of every woman he meets. One such victim is Madeline, a beautiful young woman in need of a job. Anderson hires her as a salesgirl, but not before the two spend the night together. Madeline is ashamed, especially after she falls for Martin West, a rising young star at the store. Her biggest fear is that Martin finds out the truth about her "career move." Written by <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Taglines:

Are souls for sale - behind the counters you shop over? Visit dressing rooms where desperate girls whisper their secrets of the boss...who can make or break them! ...See the bargains in love that hard times have brought! (Print ad from Los Angeles Times February 1, 1933)

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guerra bianca See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$188,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Tuesday 27 November 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Indianapolis Friday 21 December 1956 on WFBM (Channel 6), in Spokane Sunday 10 February 1957 on KREM (Channel 2), in San Francisco Monday 18 February 1957 on KRON (Channel 4), in Shreveport LA Saturday 30 March 1957 on KTBS (Channel 3), and in Springfield MA Thursday 23 May 1957 on WWLP (Channel 22). See more »

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Hale Hamilton's character Monroe is said to be a descendant of James Monroe and Benjamin Franklin. James Monroe had no sons, just two daughters. Descendants if any would not be named Monroe. See more »

Quotes

Madeleine Walters West: Everyones scared to death of him and so am I.
Martin West: Aw, just because he's the boss, that's all. Say, maybe you'll be scared of me too, someday?
Madeleine Walters West: You're not my boss - yet.
Martin West: I said someday.
Madeleine Walters West: Maybe.
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Soundtracks

I Kiss Your Hand, Madame
(1928) (uncredited)
Music by Ralph Erwin
Played during balloon scene
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precode about a department store tyrant
20 September 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

In "Employees' Entrance," Warren William plays Kurt Anderson, a man who runs a department store with ruthlessness, disregarding employees and their private lives. In silent films, this is the type of role he played. But I'm more used to the fun William from "Daytime Wife," a Perry Mason movie, and others. He had a great laugh - but you won't hear it here.

Loretta Young, 20 when she made this film, is unbelievably beautiful as Madeleine, an employee who falls for fellow employee Martin (Wallace Ford). The two marry secretly. The tyrannical Anderson does everything that he can to break up what he thinks is a budding romance - he piles work on Martin and promotes him so that he has no time for women. Anderson, meanwhile, manages to seduce the lovely Madeleine twice! Anderson's tyranny isn't just against this couple - without giving it a thought, he ruins lives and companies. Yet in spite of this, there's something admirable about his innovations, and when he spots a smart, determined individual, he wastes no time promoting him.

A very non-precode ending that will make you really wish the code never existed. This film is not only interesting as a historical piece, but it's a look at the inner workings of a department store -- and a reminder that times really haven't changed that much.


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