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His Private Secretary (1933)

Dick Wallace secretly marries a minister's grand-daughter but his father, who thinks she is a gold digger, is opposed. She takes a job with the company under her maiden name to prove she's okay.

Director:

Phil Whitman (as Philip H. Whitman)

Writers:

Lewis D. Collins (story) (as Lew Collins), Jack Natteford (adaptation) (as Jack Francis Natteford)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Evalyn Knapp ... Marion Hall
John Wayne ... Dick Wallace
Reginald Barlow Reginald Barlow ... Mr. Wallace
Alec B. Francis ... Rev. Hall
Arthur Hoyt ... Little
Natalie Kingston ... Polly
Patrick Cunning Patrick Cunning ... Van - Polly's Brother
Al St. John ... Tom - Garage Owner
Hugh Kidder Hugh Kidder ... Jenkins - the Butler
Mickey Rentschler ... Joe Boyd
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Storyline

Dick Wallace is a free-wheeling playboy adverse to working in his workaholic father's office and resisting his advice about the evils of wine, women, and song. He accidentally meets, falls in love with, and elopes with Marion Hall, a respectable, attractive ministers's granddaughter he meets at a gas station but his father assumes she's a gold-digger. When she comes to the senior Wallace's office, he hires her as his secretary and continue to resist young Dick's request that he meet his new wife, a situation that results in some awkward and amusing complications. Written by duke1029

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Secretaria particular See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Budget:

$9,600 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Freeman Lang Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The official cast lists the butler's name as "Jenkins," but John Wayne's Dick character calls him " Diggs." See more »

Goofs

When Dick and Marion first meet at the gas station she is by the rear left fender of his car, talking to the attendant on the other side, yet when Dick adjusts the rear view mirror we see Marion's full face instead of a left profile. Then Marion turns her back on the mirror, but when Dick adjusts it downward, we see the front of Marion's feet and legs instead of the back. Only when the camera backs off does Marion turn around and face Dick and the mirror. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Wallace: You're not Dick Wallace, the playboy, anymore; you're Richard Wallace, the businessman, and when you're out to get omething, never let a wman keep you from getting it.
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Rock of Ages
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Written by Augustus Montague Toplady
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Entertaining!
18 August 2008 | by suesuth-2See all my reviews

Though the quality of the film is not too great (hey, it IS from 1933!), it is a good little movie, and the entertainment value exceeds the quality (at least in the version we watched).

It is fun to see John Wayne in this atypical role. He plays the part of a fun-loving rich playboy, whose father wants him to settle down and start working in the family business. When he does the ultimate in settling down, by getting married, his father is convinced the wife is a gold-digger. How she convinces him otherwise is clever and well done, and shows the value of being a positive person with initiative.

MOST of the other comments on this movie say it so well, but I wanted to add one more very positive comment for the film.

If you are a John Wayne fan, you should definitely watch this movie.


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