More Than a Secretary (1936)

77 or 80 mins | Romantic comedy | 24 December 1936

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HISTORY

Working titles for this film were Safari in Paradise and Help Wanted Female ... More Less

Working titles for this film were Safari in Paradise and Help Wanted Female . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
1 Dec 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
11 Dec 36
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Oct 36
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Dec 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
2 Dec 36
p. 17.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Oct 36
p. 37.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Dec 36
p. 56.
New York Times
11 Dec 36
p. 35.
Variety
16 Dec 36
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Harry Cohn, President
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Story
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Safari in Manhattan" by Matt Taylor in Collier's (4 Jan 1936).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Help Wanted Female
Safari in Paradise
Release Date:
24 December 1936
Production Date:
28 September--28 October 1936
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
14 December 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6773
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
77 or 80
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2818
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Carol Baldwin and her roomate Helen Davis are the owners of the Supreme Secretarial School. When they chastise Maizie West, one of their worst students, she accuses them of jealousy over her success with men. Carol is forced to take a job as secretary to Body and Brain magazine editor, Fred Gilbert. Fred adheres to a strict exercise and diet regime which he expects Carol to follow as well. Carol rebels and after Bill catches a cold which forces him to remain at home in bed, she takes the opportunity to liven up the magazine. Bill is furious, but Carol advises him to loosen up and eat a good steak. After the magazine's circulation improves because of Carol's changes, Bill apologizes and asks her to dinner. Fred's old friend, Bill Houston, begs him to take Maizie, his secretary, off his hands because his wife is returning from Europe. Fred becomes infatuated with Maizie. He promotes Carol to associate editor, but when he begins to neglect his job because of Maizie, Carol quits. Fred follows Carol to her school and agrees to transfer Maizie to a job with the magazine's owner, Mr. Crosby. Carol refuses to accept his apology, however, and goes on a trip with Helen. Unable to find her, Bill fills the next issue of the magazine with photos of Carol in an effort to get her back. When Carol returns, she spanks Maizie and then accepts Fred's ... +


Carol Baldwin and her roomate Helen Davis are the owners of the Supreme Secretarial School. When they chastise Maizie West, one of their worst students, she accuses them of jealousy over her success with men. Carol is forced to take a job as secretary to Body and Brain magazine editor, Fred Gilbert. Fred adheres to a strict exercise and diet regime which he expects Carol to follow as well. Carol rebels and after Bill catches a cold which forces him to remain at home in bed, she takes the opportunity to liven up the magazine. Bill is furious, but Carol advises him to loosen up and eat a good steak. After the magazine's circulation improves because of Carol's changes, Bill apologizes and asks her to dinner. Fred's old friend, Bill Houston, begs him to take Maizie, his secretary, off his hands because his wife is returning from Europe. Fred becomes infatuated with Maizie. He promotes Carol to associate editor, but when he begins to neglect his job because of Maizie, Carol quits. Fred follows Carol to her school and agrees to transfer Maizie to a job with the magazine's owner, Mr. Crosby. Carol refuses to accept his apology, however, and goes on a trip with Helen. Unable to find her, Bill fills the next issue of the magazine with photos of Carol in an effort to get her back. When Carol returns, she spanks Maizie and then accepts Fred's proposal. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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