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Beauty And The Boss


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  • Actors: Kevin Conroy, Bob Hastings, Mark Hamill, Arleen Sorkin, Suzanne Stone
  • Directors: Butch Lukic
  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: WB
  • DVD Release Date: April 21, 2010
  • Run Time: 66 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003IKND08
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,857 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Bank executive Josef von Ullrich should be paying attention to the figures in the company ledgers, not the figure of the pretty stenographer sitting alongside his desk. So he fires her and ultimately hires an efficient mouse of a young woman who is plain, practical and will always strike the right keys. What's more, Josef knows she will never become an attractive distraction to him. But the wallflower is about to blossom.

A Depression-era working girl goes from ugly duckling to graceful swan, and wish-fulfillment reigns in Beauty and the Boss, a sometimes racy pre-Production Code comedy. Marian Marsh portrays the emerging beauty and Warren William is the boss in this second and last pairing of the stars of Under 18.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 8, 2010
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...but you just can't help yourself. William is perfect here as an efficient German bank president and baron, totally consumed with business by day and with romancing the ladies -lots of them - at night. He only has problems when his two interests converge. This usually occurs because he has a beautiful secretary. His usual solution - to fire the secretary and get her out of his business life, and then make her one of his many mistresses.

The baron tires of this repetitive problem, and vows that his next secretary will be a plain practical woman for whom he will have no attraction. So into his life walks Susie Sachs (Marian Marsh), "the church mouse". The cutest scene of the film is where Susie tricks her way into see the baron and tells him about the plight of her class -"the mice" - the unemployed and hungry. The baron is quite interested in her story. You see, he is not such a bad guy. It just never occurred to him that there might be a girl of her age in Germany more interested in a good meal than a diamond bracelet. He's never seen that side of life and therefore not given it much thought. He hires her, and she works out quite well for him until a business trip to Paris brings the Baron quite a few surprises.

This film was really a delight with very good dialogue and animated performances. Charles Butterworth is really quite good as comic support in these early Warner Brothers talkies. He plays the baron's assistant who is constantly writing down instructions on his cuffs and seems to have no objections when he is told he will be working all night and won't be allowed time to eat. David Manners plays the baron's younger brother who sees the beauty in Susie even when she is playing the frump.

The video and audio are outstanding on this early talkie - it looks great. Do note that this is a DVD-R release with no extras other than a trailer. There are no chapter stops. You may only go forward and backwards in ten minute increments.
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By mark norvell on September 19, 2014
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I saw this on TCM today so this is a review of the film, not the DVD. It stars Pre-Code staple Warren William as a baron/industrialist in Germany. He is a sexist control freak who suddenly decides that his sexy secretary is too sexy and distracting for a big wheel like him. So, he fires her but promptly re-hires her as his mistress! She is all too happy to oblige. He believes that sexy women should only be for "the night" and plain women should be the ones that have to work. Enter a hungry plain jane that needs a job who impresses him with her knowledge and secretarial skill and -boom-she's hired. Complications ensue when she learns she has what it takes to be glamorous and sexy. Although Warren William didn't have to stretch to play this role and he's perfect for it, the film itself is not up to par with other Pre-Codes I've seen. Marian Marsh is lovely as Susie the plain jane who blossoms, but the film is kind've sluggish and not as brisk or snappy as some of the better ones. There is, however, sexual innuendo in the dialogue to spare and some of it was pretty blatant. It is definitely adult stuff. The film may be of interest to enthusiasts (especially the dialogue) but William has done better.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gerard D. Launay on July 3, 2010
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For those racy pre-Code comedies, I am a big fan of Warren William - the impeccably dressed leading man who "always" plays the ruthless industrialist with a big weakness for pretty women. But "Beauty and the Boss" is much too predictable a film as opposed to others with Warren William as the lustful capitalist. What I recommend most are the two VHS movies titled "Skyscraper Souls" or "Employees Entrance." Even though they are in VHS, believe me they are well worth the investment. They give real insight to the mind of the rich, extremely competitive captains of industry.

Not as interesting, but perhaps more fun is "Gold Diggers of 1933"...part of the excellent "Busby Berkeley Collection." Yes, this set of musicals is easily available in DVD. Warren William does not the play the lead role in the film and therefore his persona is softened.

The highlight of "Beauty and the Boss" is the scene where the prospective secretary pushes her way into the Bank President's Office - hungry but courageous - and wins the job with her strong initiative and extremely competent secretarial skills. Of course, she later turns into the "seductive woman" and wins her man, but by then...she is far less interesting. Alas, it is a theme common in pre-Code Hollywood. My favorite of the genre is "Female" with Ruth Chatterton. Contrast THAT with "The Devil Wears Prada" for the girl power of female tycoons.

Without doubt, the most gorgeous female portrayed in film as a corporate boss is Hedy Lamarr as the "Dishonored Lady." Wow...does she look unbelievable in those fashionable dresses.

All in all, "Beauty and the Boss" is still worth watching, quite enjoyable in parts, but seriously consider the other films I identify for more satisfying fare.
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