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My Dear Secretary
|My Dear Secretary|
|Directed by||Charles Martin|
|Produced by||Leo C. Popkin|
|Written by||Charles Martin|
|Music by||Heinz Roemheld|
|Cinematography||Joseph F. Biroc|
|Edited by||Arthur H. Nadel|
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|5 November 1948|
My Dear Secretary is a 1948 American comedy film directed by Charles Martin and starring Laraine Day, Kirk Douglas, Keenan Wynn, and Helen Walker. The supporting cast features Rudy Valee, Alan Mowbray and Irene Ryan.
Successful novelist and playboy Owen Waterbury (Kirk Douglas) hires aspiring writer Stephanie 'Steve' Gaylord (Laraine Day) as his secretary; a dream come true for Steve who admires Owen and his work. Steve soon finds out that the egomaniacal Owen has gone through a series of secretaries who have left when they are fed up with his behaviour. He is constantly in debt and cannot begin to write a contracted novel that will pay his bills including a lucrative advance by his publisher. Steve and Owen end up marrying, and Steve perseveres until the novel, based on the events of Steve's life and that mentions a character based on his publisher shown in an unflattering light, is refused publication.
Owen claims he cannot have a wife and a secretary so fires his wife and goes back to his old ways, hiring an admiring and attractive female to be his secretary. In the meantime Steve takes Owen's rejected manuscript to her former companion, Charles Harris (Rudy Vallee), who is a major publisher. Harris, who now employs Elsie (Helen Walker), Owen's former secretary before Steve, also asks to see Steve's manuscript.
Harris finds Owen's manuscript interesting but ordinary, but believes Steve's manuscript to be not only worthy of publication but a serious candidate for literary prizes. Steve initially refuses publication due to hurting Owen's fragile ego but soon changes her mind because of the philandering. Steve goes on to be a best-selling author, causing Owen extreme annoyance. She hires an attractive male secretary, after which Owen snaps and insists that he will be her secretary. Steve narrates a book based on their life to Owen. They end up getting back together.
- Laraine Day as Stephanie 'Steve' Gaylord
- Kirk Douglas as Owen Waterbury
- Keenan Wynn as Ronnie Hastings
- Helen Walker as Elsie
- Rudy Vallee as Charles Harris
- Florence Bates as Horrible Hannah Reeve
- Alan Mowbray as Deveny
- Helene Stanley as Miss 'Clay' Pidgeon
- Irene Ryan as Mary
- Gale Robbins as Dawn O'Malley
- Grady Sutton as Sylvan Scott
- Internet Movie Database, "My Dear Secretary (1948) Release Info", https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040626/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_dt_dt#akas
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