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an interesting job for a man to get...
It was highly unusual for a woman in (1932) to be in a position of power,noting beautiful Kay Francis as Lois Ames)-as head of a popular woman's magazine.After hiring a young & dashing assistant David Manners (as Tommy Sherman ), an early sophisticated comedy(written by Robert Lord,screen play by Charles Kenyon) is set up well.Director William Dieterle also had a lot more to piece together,with Kenneth Thomson as Fred Ames,the lazy & not so faithful husband of Lois,& a solid gold digger Claire Dodd (as Ann Le Maire). The antics of Una Merlel (as Ruthie Holman) & Andy Devine (as Andy Doyle) more so contribute ,with energy & fun.As Kay's first Warner Brother flick,Gregg Toland's camera work exploited her perfectly,indeed better than most of her previous Paramount & MGM films.David Manners,who starts out as a sales man selling rowing equipment,lucked out getting a job for such a witty & smart woman,as his boss.What a job!What a guy...This silly story (still) works.
This film really helped to build my obsession with black and white films and 'old Hollywood'. This film was one of the first movies that I viewed on TCM and it has proved to be one of my favorites. The concept of a female executive and a male secretary is even still seen as 'progressive'. The plot is engaging, though slightly predictable, but completely worth your time.
Man Wanted--Great film
- George Pascual
This film is prescient and revolutionary in its view that women can be as competent and disciplined as men. I have never seen anything like it from the black & white era. It definitely deserves a wider audience that can appreciate it.
Ahead of its time
This film is great. It could be a modern day story. The woman business executive, the male secretary, the unfaithful husband. You get caught up in the potential romance and feel great attachment to this woman, who is totally attracted to her secretary, knows her husband is no good,but, the man she is depending upon, her secretary, has a girl of his own, and the executive is now lost in the middle, trying to be fair to everyone, leaving her own heart out in the wind. You are rooting for her happiness, and at long last, in one small sentence, it comes. Thanks for the Holiday present of this film. jes