He Hired the Boss


1h 12m 1943

Brief Synopsis

Hubert Wilkins (Stuart Erwin), a bookkeeper for Mr. Bates (Thurston Hall) by day and an air raid warden by night, patrols the district where his boss' warehouse is located, and finds two employees removing raw silk stocks. They say they are working under Bates' orders and brush him off. Hubert wants to marry Emily Conway (Elelyn Venable), company secretary, but can't see how he can afford it since he has loaned a salesman, Fuller (Chick Chandler), $400 with deeds to four lots as security. Don Bates (William T. Orr), son of the boss, is engaged to Emily's sister Sally (Vivian Blaine) though his father disapproves. He and Emily encourage Sally and Don to elope. Hubert, a little tipsy, buys two more lots from Fuller and goes to Bates' home and asks for a raise. He is fired and, the next morning, Emily also for helping Don to elope. Hubert discovers that the lots he bought are worth $100,000 and, unknown to Bates, buys the company. While on warden duty that night, he discovers that the two employees he previously saw taking silk from the warehouse are actually stealing it.

Film Details

Also Known As
Ten Dollar Raise
Release Date
Apr 2, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "The Ten Dollar Raise" by Peter B. Kyne in The Saturday Evening Post (4 Dec 1909).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,533ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

Timid Hubert Wilkins has been working as a bookkeeper for over fifteen years at the importing firm of Bates & Co., yet still earns only forty dollars a week. Although he is in love with Bates's secretary, Emily Conway, Hubert does not wish to ask her to marry him until he makes a larger salary. Emily encourages Hubert to request a ten dollar raise from Bates, but Bates, who is having financial difficulties due to wartime restrictions on raw silk, turns him down and tells him to quit if he is unhappy. Bates is then visited by his son Don, who is home on leave from the Navy. Don loves Emily's sister Sally, but Bates disapproves of the match and tries to dissuade his son from marrying her. Meanwhile, Emily comforts Hubert and tries to assure him that a woman in love does not care about her husband's salary. As they are talking, an induction notice arrives for Hubert and he rushes down to the recruiting office for his preliminary examination. Later in the week, Bates hosts a send-off party for Hubert and promises that he will have a job waiting for him upon his return. The following Monday, however, Hubert is rejected by the Army due to his allergies, and when he tries to get his job back, Bates offers him a subordinate position at a much lower salary. Bates then threatens Emily with dismissal if she does not break up the romance between Don and her sister, but later that evening, she instead encourages them to elope. Emily chastises Hubert for his lack of assertiveness, and he spends the rest of the evening in a bar getting drunk with his friend Fuller. Filled with liquid courage, Hubert goes to Bates's home at 2:00 a.m. and demands a raise. Bates fires him, but when Emily finds out the next day, she is delighted with Hubert's brave action and quits while Bates is yelling at her about Don and Sally's marriage. Emily and Hubert then go to see four parcels of land that Hubert bought from Fuller, and although they are at first disappointed with the rock-covered lots, they learn from their banker friend, Perry Randall, that the land contains bauxite and is worth at least $100,000. Hubert's self-esteem gets another boost that evening when he helps to capture a gang of thieves who have been stealing Bates's raw silk and selling it on the black market. The next day, when Bates arrives at his office, he learns that Hubert has bought up his loans and now holds controlling interest in the company. After telling Bates that he can stay to run the business, Hubert secures his ten dollar raise and leaves with Emily to get married.

Film Details

Also Known As
Ten Dollar Raise
Release Date
Apr 2, 1943
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "The Ten Dollar Raise" by Peter B. Kyne in The Saturday Evening Post (4 Dec 1909).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 12m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,533ft (8 reels)

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Notes

The working titles of this film were Ten Dollar Raise and $10 Raise. Although Sol M. Wurtzel is credited onscreen as the film's executive producer, the SAB lists William Goetz, who was in charge of studio operations at the time, as the executive producer and Wurtzel as the producer. He Hired the Boss marked both the first film appearance of actress Evelyn Venable since the 1940 Twentieth Century-Fox production Lucky Cisco Kid, and her last screen appearance. Peter B. Kyne's story was first filmed in 1921 as The Ten Dollar Raise. Produced by J. L. Forthingham, the picture was directed by Edward Sloman and starred William B. Mong and Marguerite De La Motte. In 1935, Fox released $10 Raise, which was directed by George Marshall and starred Edward Everett Horton and Karen Morley (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.5560 and AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40; F3.4489). Bit actor Harrison Greene also appeared in the 1935 film.