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Women Are Like That

Women Are Like That(1938)

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Claire King, daughter of advertising magnate Claudius King, leaves Martin Brush at the altar to elope with Bill Landin. All three men work for the New York advertising agency Brush-King. Unknown to everyone, Claudius has embezzled money from the company. He sails for Europe, leaving behind him a failed company. Out of loyalty and a sense of guilt toward his father-in-law, Bill offers all his stock in the company to cover the debt and continues to work for a very small salary. He gives up all decision-making rights in the company on the condition that Claire will never be told what happened. Under Martin's leadership, the company holds on to its old accounts, but they are not getting new business. Bill is so disturbed that he starts drinking heavily. Concerned, Claire tries to help, and when she manages to land a new account by pitching Bill's ideas, she feels proud. Bill is angry, however, and quits his job to take a steamer around the world. Claire builds on her success and takes a job at Brush-King, using her maiden name. Martin still wants to marry her, and Claire is considering a divorce when Bill returns. He stops drinking and accepts a job offer at a rival agency. Bill leads the company to success, taking away many of Brush-King's accounts. When Bill's company offers to buy Brush-King, Claire resigns, and when he asks her to stay, she demands a divorce. Bill agrees, but while they wait in the judge's office, they realize how much they love each other and they reunite.