Lois is the editor of the 400 Magazine and is a work-a-holic. When Tom comes to her office to sell her a rowing machine, he leaves as her personal secretary. After a short time, he is an executive decision maker who works closely with Lois, and he falls for her. But Lois is married to playboy Fred, and for that reason, Tom decides to marry Ruth and leave the firm.
Tag Archives: 1930s
More Than a Secretary (1936) Alfred E. Green, Jean Arthur, George Brent, Lionel Stander, Comedy, Romance
When Major Burton is killed and his horses rustled, Ranger Steve Ainslee joins the outlaws in their drive north. Seeing Judge Blake’s name on the payoff check, Steve plans to trap Blake and arrest him. When his plan fails and he is arrested instead, Blake incites the townsmen to lynch him.
Internes Can’t Take Money (1937) Alfred Santell, Barbara Stanwyck, Joel McCrea, Lloyd Nolan, Crime, Drama, Romance
In a fantastically art-deco hospital, young Dr. Kildare treats and falls for impoverished Janet Healy, widow of a bank robber, who’s been in prison and can’t find her baby. Later she helps Kildare sew up gangster Hanlon in a tavern back room. Kildare pursues Janet and enlists Hanlon to help her; the gangster’s solution, not surprisingly, is violent.
Kodomo no shiki / Four Seasons of Children (1939) Hiroshi Shimizu, Teruo Furuya, Masao Hayama, Shin’ichi Himori, Drama
A follow-up to Children in the Wind, Four Seasons of Children is also based on a Tsubota Joji novel. The film is divided into two chapters, following the young protagonists’ minor adventures and real-world awakenings over spring and summer, then autumn and winter.
Idealistic attorney Anton Adam makes headlines when he successfully prosecutes a prominent New York racketeer named Gilmurry. Adam’s sudden renown attracts the attention of high-profile legal eagle Granville Bentley, who asks Adam to become a partner in his law firm. But Adam’s rising career takes a nosedive when he’s framed by Gilmurry and a sexy actress in a trumped-up breach of promise suit. The only constant in Adam’s life is the loyalty and unrequited love of his secretary Olga.
Rich and Strange (1931) Alfred Hitchcock, Henry Kendall, Joan Barry, Percy Marmont, Comedy, Romance, Thriller
Fred and Emily Hill are leading a boring life in London. They receive a big inheritance by a rich relative and now they can realize all their dreams. They leave for a cruise behaving as rich people….but this is the beginning of the end. Richness makes they soon forget their love and family.
Five Star Final (1931) Mervyn LeRoy, Edward G. Robinson, Marian Marsh, H.B. Warner, Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Hinchcliffe, the ruthless publisher of a sleazy New York tabloid, is concerned that the ethical journalistic policies of City Editor Randall have caused a drop in circulation. He pressures the newsman to run more sensational stories including resurrecting the twenty year old Vorhees Murder Case. Although the perpetrator’s actions were ultimately judged justifiable, and she has been subsequently living an exemplary life in anonymity, Hunchcliffe insists Randall revisit the story. Randall assigns Isopod, an alcoholic degenerate, to dig up anything lurid that he find. The unprincipled reporter fraudulently insinuates himself into the Vorhees’ home masquerading as a minister and gets the expose he sought. Yellow journalism triumphs, and a decent woman’s name gets dragged through the mud again… with tragic consequences.
There’s Always a Woman (1938) Alexander Hall, Joan Blondell, Melvyn Douglas, Mary Astor, Comedy, Mystery
An investigator for the District Attorney’s office quits to open his own detective agency. However, business is so bad that he finally decides to give it up and go back to his old job. As his wife is at his office closing up, a wealthy society matron walks in with a case: she wants to know if her husband is having an affair with his ex-girlfriend, who is now married. The wife accepts what looks to be an easy case, figuring than she can then persuade her husband to re-start the agency. However, when the client’s husband is found murdered, she decides to investigate the murder herself. Her husband has also been assigned by the D.A. to investigate the murder, and he doesn’t know that his wife is also on the case.
Rasputin and the Empress (1932) Richard Boleslawski, John Barrymore, Ethel Barrymore, Lionel Barrymore, Drama, History
As Europe looms on the edge of war in 1913, the family and members of the court of the Russian czar Nicholas come under the sway of a mysterious mystic named Rasputin. When Rasputin miraculously appears to cure the czar’s son Alyosha of his hemophilia, the monk’s reputation is cemented, particularly in the mind of the princess Natasha. Natasha’s fiancé (and, later, husband) Prince Paul Chegodieff, however, suspects Rasputin is a charlatan who will cause the downfall of the royal family and perhaps of Russia itself.