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"My Dear Secretary" (1949)

Stars Kirk Douglas

Owen Waterbury, bestselling novelist, recruits aspiring writer Stephanie 'Steve' Gaylord as his latest of many secretaries.

The stars in her eyes fade when she finds she is to work in his apartment, with a constant parade of eccentric visitors and slapstick provided by klutzy roommate Ronnie. Moreover, Waterbury's idea of work looks a lot like play, his interest less in books than in blondes. She leaves; to get her back, he swallows his playboy principles and marries her. Can the leopard change his spots? Can Stephanie turn the tables?

Summary written by Rod Crawford {puffinus@u.washington.edu}. imdb.com

A budding young writer thinks it's her lucky day when she is chosen to be the new secretary for Owen Waterbury, famous novelist. She is soon disppointed, however, when he turns out to be an erratic, immature playboy. Opposites attract, of course, but not without sub-plots that touch on competitiveness within marriage and responsibility.
Summary written by Terri Mabry {tamabry@uci.edu}

Directed by Charles Martin
Writing credits (in alphabetical order) Charles Martin
Cast (in credits order) verified as complete
Laraine Day ....Stephanie 'Steve' Gaylord
Kirk Douglas ....Owen Waterbury
Keenan Wynn ....Ronnie Hastings
Helen Walker ....Elsie (Waterbury's former secretary)
Rudy Vallee ....Charles Harris (Harris Book Stores)
Florence Bates ....Horrible Hannah Reeve (the landlady)
Alan Mowbray ....Deveny (Bryant Detective Agency)
Irene Ryan ....Mary (Waterbury's housekeeper)
Gale Robbins ....Dawn O'Malley (The Untouchable Secretary)
Grady Sutton ....Sylvan Scott (writing student)

rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stanley Andrews ....Mr. McNally (publisher) (uncredited)
Gertrude Astor ....Miss Gee (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ....Nightclub Extra (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ....Nightclub patron (uncredited)
Jody Gilbert ....Hilda Sneebacher (uncredited)
Charles Halton ....Mr. Kilbride (Kilbride College) (uncredited)
Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema ....Newspaper publisher (uncredited)
Virginia Hewitt ....Felicia Adams (the blonde upstairs) (uncredited)
Russell Hicks ....Dick Fulton (publisher) (uncredited)
John Holland ....Bit Role (uncredited)
Joe Kirk ....Process server with divorce papers (uncredited)
Marten Lamont ....Simpson, Steve's Secretary (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ....Man at Writing Seminar (uncredited)
Abe Reynolds....Bill, Elsie's Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Dewey Robinson....Crap table croupier (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ....Dance floor extra (uncredited)
Helene Stanley ....Miss 'Clay' Pidgeon (uncredited)
Larry Steers ....Las Vegas Casino Extra (uncredited)
Ben Welden ....Bookie (uncredited)

Director: Charles Martin
Producer: Leo C. Popkin
Production Company: Cardinal Pictures
Audio/Visual: sound, b&w
Keywords: romance; comedy

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