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More Than a Secretary (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 24 December 1936 (USA)
When the co-owner of a secretarial school visits a magazine editor to find out why he runs through secretaries, she's mistaken for an applicant. Drawn to him, she accepts the position.

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Dale Van Every (screen play), Lynn Starling (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Arthur ... Carol Baldwin
George Brent ... Fred Gilbert
Lionel Stander ... Ernest
Ruth Donnelly ... Helen Davis
Reginald Denny ... Bill Houston
Dorothea Kent ... Maizie West
Charles Halton ... Mr. Crosby
Geraldine Hall Geraldine Hall ... Enid
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nick Copeland Nick Copeland ... Window Washer (scenes deleted)
Tom Ricketts ... Henry (scenes deleted)
C.L. Sherwood C.L. Sherwood ... Window Washer (scenes deleted)
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When the co-owner of a secretarial school visits a magazine editor to find out why he runs through secretaries, she's mistaken for an applicant. Drawn to him, she accepts the position.

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 December 1936 (USA) See more »

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Help Wanted: Female See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Carol and Ellen's car is a 1935 Ford convertible. See more »

Quotes

Carol Baldwin: Are you going to dictate?
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References Counterfeit (1936) See more »

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Working girl works for fitness fiend...mild comedy...
16 January 2007 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

GEORGE BRENT, editor of a fitness magazine dedicated to diet and exercise, takes JEAN ARTHUR as a secretary--a woman who quits her job as a typing instructor to find out if she can find romance with a handsome and very particular employer if she pretends to be his full-time secretary. Seems that he's been unimpressed with all of the less skillful applicants.

RUTH DONNELLY, LIONEL STANDER and REGINALD DENNY have fun with subordinate roles in this wacky ode to screwball comedy. The fun comes in wondering just how Arthur is going to change his staid ways and overly dedicated devotion to exercise and body building. Of course what Brent needs is a fresh viewpoint on selling points for his dignified magazine and Arthur is just the gal to give it to him.

It's the sort of run-of-the-mill, breezy comedy that studios churned out for Depression weary audiences--so don't look for realism here. But JEAN ARTHUR is at her perky best and GEORGE BRENT manages to unbend a little in a role with comic overtones. DOROTHEA KENT tries hard, but manages not to steal scenes in a ditsy dumb blonde role that would have been perfect for either Jean Harlow or Judy Holliday (at a later time).

Trivia note: As surprising as it seems, this trifle of a comedy played at Radio City Music Hall on its original release.


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