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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Behind office doors 1931 - An outstanding Astor performance

IMDB link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0021649/?ref_=fn_al_tt_1
IMDB rating: 6,3

Director: Melville W. Brown
Main Cast: Mary Astor, Robert Ames, Ricardo Cortez, Catherine Dale Owen

"Mary Astor plays a receptionsit at a paper mill company. She has her eye on Robert Ames, a young salesman with the company. When the boss is forced to retire, Mary Astor pushes for Robert Ames to take the job, and when he does, Mary is promoted to being his secretary. She is secretly in love with him, only he never seems to notice. As he rises in the company Mary Astor is constantly by his side, giving good business advice as well as advice in his personal life. When Ames marries someone else, Astor is so upset he quits, and the company begins to fall apart.
The film features some adulterous situations, 'free love', a man smacking a woman on the rear (plus she isn't his wife), sexy lingerie, a smart and conniving career girl who smokes and drinks and likes men (Mary Astor), references to hashish, wild parties and lots of sexually-charged banter! However, and this is very odd, but midway through the film the pre-code trashy elements mostly disappear."

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