Beauty And The Boss
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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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William Warren is perfect as the handsome grumpy baron bank President Von Ulrich. He eyes the bank figures "and" those of his many secretaries. (lol) Enter down and so very out....Marion Marsh who cleverly gets in for a job interview and charms her way into a job. She is both intelligent and dresses simply. Her beauty and brains slip under the Ulrich radar. She is soon running the show. Dictation at 150 words a minute and can keep his business running smoothly, work for the Bank Baron has never been better. Beauty (Marsh) is also keeping a "list" of women she denies access to Von Ulrich and it is a very long one. When an ex mistress of Ulrich gives her a few pointers on how to attracted a man, a new improved beautiful Marsh soon is attracting the baron. This is a fun little movie. Lines are clever and plot is funny. Marion Marsh is both great and the dowdy girl desperate for a job and the Blonde Beauty who emerges in Paris for her first date. Her beauty glows~ I give this 5 STARS~ this is a remake of movie The Church Mouse also available on DVD. I think this is far better of the two.
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.