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She Married Her Boss (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 19 September 1935 (USA)
A super-efficient secretary at a department store falls for and marries her boss, but finds out that taking care of him at home (and especially his spoiled-brat daughter) is a lot different from taking care of him at work.

Director:

Gregory La Cava

Writers:

Sidney Buchman (screenplay), Thyra Samter Winslow (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Claudette Colbert ... Julia Scott
Melvyn Douglas ... Richard Barclay
Michael Bartlett ... Leonard 'Lennie' Rogers
Raymond Walburn ... Franklin
Jean Dixon ... Martha Pryor
Katharine Alexander ... Gertrude Barclay
Edith Fellows ... Annabel Barclay
Clara Kimball Young ... Parsons
Grace Hayle ... Agnes Mayo (as Grace Hale)
Charles Arnt ... Victor Jessup
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harrison Greene Harrison Greene ... Fat Shopper
Dave O'Brien ... Shopper
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A super-efficient secretary at a department store falls for and marries her boss, but finds out that taking care of him at home (and especially his spoiled-brat daughter) is a lot different from taking care of him at work.

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Claudette Colbert at her loveliest...in an incredibly funny comedy of a business adventure that became a romance for life. See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

She Wanted Her Boss See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Prints now carry the modernized Columbia logo and 1938 re-release opening and closing credits. See more »

Quotes

Annabel Barclay: I don't like you.
Martha Pryor: I'm sure I could learn to like you, if you were roasted.
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Love Me Forever
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Written by Victor Schertzinger and Gus Kahn
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Pleasant but Minor Claudette Colbert Vehicle
19 August 2010 | by HarlowMGMSee all my reviews

Sold as and considered a comedy, SHE MARRIED HER BOSS is actually a light-hearted "women's picture" with only occasional comic moments. Claudette Colbert stars as the executive secretary of department store owner Melvyn Douglas who has secretly been in love with him for seven years although he has never seen her as anything more than a very valuable assistant. Wealthy Douglas lives in a mansion with his frosty, hypochondriac sister Katherine Alexander and his bratty nine-year-old daughter Edith Fellows, product of his one unhappy marriage (it's never stated if Douglas was widowed or divorced but one presumes the latter given the hostile memories both he and Alexander have of his former wife).

Claudette's moneyed pal Jean Dixon is appalled how she is wasting her youth pining for this uninterested man and tries to break her away from him and toward rival store owner Michael Bartlett. When Dixon informs Douglas that Claudette is quitting her job to work for Barlett (untrue), Douglas is desperate to keep her and learns part of the reason is her desire to someday marry, he proposes to a surprised Colbert who happily accepts (the scene is curiously not filmed) only to learn shortly after the marriage that it basically remains little more than a business relationship. Meanwhile Bartlett is not giving in even with Claudette now a married lady (after all he himself is still legally wed!)

This is a pleasant film smoothly directed by Gregory LaCava but it really needed a rewrite and maybe revised casting. Claudette is perfection as always in this type of role but Douglas (whom often comes across as the "dull suitor who loses the girl" in the romantic comedies in which he is actually the "real love" in the picture) fails to show any hint of charm that might have bewitched her all these years although his poorly written character doesn't give him much to work with. The delightful comedienne Jean Dixon - so wonderful as the maid in La Cava's MY MAN GODFREY - is badly cast as Claudette's chic older, sardonic buddy in a part that cries for Helen Broderick.

Edith Fellows, however, is terrific as one of the most realistic brats on screen in the 1930's, a pathological liar who talks back to adults and bullies dogs. Edith's scenes with Claudette as a no-nonsense but warm stepmother tries to reach out to her are extremely believable and sensational. It's also a pleasure to see Grayce Hale, usually cast in unbilled bits as fat and stupid women, given a fairly sizable supporting role as Claudette's assistant at the office that completely lacks the ridicule she usually is given on-screen. Katherine Alexander is acceptable as Douglas' sister and comedian Raymond Walburn (unrecognizable in his early middle-age from his best known period a decade later in movies) is for the most part excellent as the long-suffering butler.

The movie has a shocking lapse of taste in it's use of drunk-driving (by Walburn) as "comedy" (in crowded city streets no less!!) although this may have been a period when the issue was not taken as seriously as it should have been. SHE MARRIED HER BOSS is definitely lesser Colbert but this is one actress who is always worth watching.


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