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Her Husband's Secretary
Director: Frank McDonald (Dir)
Release Date:   26 Feb 1937
Duration (in mins):   60-61 or 65
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Jean Muir (Carol [Blane])  
    Beverly Roberts (Diane [Ware])  
    Warren Hull (Bart [Kingdon])  
    Joseph Crehan (Stevenson)  
    Clara Blandick (Agatha Kingdon)  
    Addison Richards (Steven Garron)  
    Harry Davenport (Dan Kingdon)  
    Gordon Hart (Mr. Blake)  
    Minerva Urecal (Miss Baldwin)  
    Pauline Carson (Louise)  
    Stuart Holmes (Stanton)  
    Jack Mower (Foreman)  
    Saul Gorss (Fellow worker)  
    Leo White (Clerk)  
    Don Turner (Carol's chauffeur)  
    Claude Wisberg (Messenger boy)  
    Cliff Saum (Driver)  
    Claire White (Nurse)  
    Don Downen (Office boy)  
    Lyle Moraine (Agatha's chauffeur)  
    Marcia Ralston (Mrs. Garron)  
    Ferdinand Schumann-Heink (Rankin)  
    John Harron    

Summary: Pretty young New York secretary Carol Blane falls in love with handsome steelworker Bart Kingdon, despite the advice of her girl friend, Diane Ware, who encourages Carol to pursue her married boss, Steven Garron, instead. The day of Carol and Bart's wedding, Bart is called to the deathbed of his estranged father, the wealthy Dan Kingdon, who unexpectedly leaves the family business to the struggling couple. Shortly after Bart takes over the business, his father's secretary, Miss Baldwin, resigns to get married, and at Carol's suggestion, Bart hires Diane. Although Bart's Aunt Agatha warns Carol that she is a fool to allow her husband to have such an attractive secretary, Carol is confident of Bart's love. When Bart starts to work longer hours, however, Carol becomes convinced that she is losing her husband. When a business trip to a secluded cabin in the Oregon woods is cancelled, Diane keeps the news from Bart and uses the opportunity to go away alone with him. After a talk with Agatha, Carol now suspects Diane's designs on her husband. She follows Bart and Diane to Oregon, but after a fight with Diane, leaves them alone. Meanwhile, a forest fire is heading toward the cabin, and when Bart and Diane attempt to escape, he is knocked unconscious. Diane deserts him, but meets Carol, who forces her to return through the blaze to find Bart. Carol and Diane reach Bart in time to save him from certain death. Bart rehires his former secretary, and he and Carol are reconciled. 

Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
Production Text: A First National Picture
Distribution Company: Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.  
  The Vitaphone Corp.  
Director: Frank McDonald (Dir)
  Reginald R. Hammersmith (Dial dir)
  Carroll Sax (Asst dir)
Producer: Jack L. Warner (Exec prod)
  Hal B. Wallis (Exec prod)
  Bryan Foy (Supv)
Writer: Lillie Hayward (Scr)
  Crane Wilbur (Story)
  Robertson White (Addl dial)
  Anthony Coldeway (Contr to trmt)
  Ben Grauman Kohn (Contr to scr const)
Photography: Arthur Todd (Photog)
  Louis de Angelis (Asst cam)
  Chuck Davis (Grip)
  Homer Van Pelt (Still photog)
Art Direction: Esdras Hartley (Art dir)
Film Editor: Clarence Kolster (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Burgess Bell (Set dresser)
  William Kissell (Props)
Costumes: Howard Shoup (Gowns)
Sound: Robert Lee (Sd)
Make Up: Ruby Felker (Hair)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc. & The Vitaphone Corp. 21/1/1937 dd/mm/yyyy LP6958

PCA NO: 2931
Physical Properties: Sd:

Genre: Drama
Subjects (Major): Marriage
  Steel workers
Subjects (Minor): Aunts
  Forest fires
  New York City
  Romantic rivalry

Note: According to Warner Bros. files, John Litel was originally cast as "Stephen Garron" and Ann Sheridan was cast as "Diane." 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Daily Variety   16 Feb 37   p. 3.
Film Daily   22 Mar 37   p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter   16 Feb 37   p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily   18 Feb 37   p. 11.
Motion Picture Herald   19 Dec 36   p. 47.
Motion Picture Herald   6 Mar 37   p. 42.
New York Times   20 Mar 37   p. 23.
Variety   24 Mar 37   p. 23.

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