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Actors: Kirk Douglas, Laraine Day, Keenan Wynn, Rudy Vallee

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Best selling novelist Owen Waterbury and his friend, Ronnie Hastings, get lost trying to find the room where Owen is supposed to give a lecture on writing. They ask Stephanie (Steve) Gaylord, who is attending the lecture, and she shows them the way. During the lecture, Owen says that he'll need a secretary to help him with the new book he plans on writing. Ronnie tells Steve that all she has to do is apply, and the job is hers. Steve thinks Owen is a wonderful writer, and she wants to learn from him since she wants to be a writer herself. She quits her job working for publisher Charles Harris and starts work for Owen. On her first day, a former secretary storms in, grabs her things, including a mink coat Owen bought her, and storms out. Then, a bookie comes by, asking for payment on Owen's gambling debt. Steve is shocked by all this, because she expected a writer's life to be more intellectual. Owen sends her home without dictating anything, but says she'll get paid anyway. Owen takes Steve to the race track, where they lose money, and then to Las Vegas to try and win it all back. Meanwhile, he hasn't written anything. Steve gets fed up, and threatens to quit, but Owen confesses that he's afraid his book was just a fluke. He promises to work hard and Steve agrees to stay. The next day, Steve comes to work and Owen takes her to his beach house. He starts to dictate to her, but the story is about a writer who falls in love with his secretary. Steve is furious that he tried to hit on her, and leaves. Owen hires a private detective to trail Steve and finds her at a nightclub, where she's dancing with Charles Harris. Owen thinks she's engaged, but she says she isn't. Owen and Steve elope.
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Owen really starts to work on his book, with Steve taking dictation. After four months, it's completed. Owen's publisher, Mr. Fulton rejects it. Steve tells Owen that Mr. Fulton is jealous because his wife used to be Steve's secretary, and he sees his wife as the romantic heroine in Owen's novel. Owen thinks that it's too distracting to have his wife as a secretary, so he fires her. Steve goes to Charles Harris and asks him to look at Owen's book, and also her own book which she's been working on for five years and finally finished. After reading them, Charles calls Steve, but Owen answers, and thinks Steve is having an affair. She tries to explain, but he leaves the apartment. Steve goes to see Charles. He has a group of literary critics and publishers there, who want to award Steve a prize for best first novel. Charles says Owen's book was good, but Steve's is special. Steve is afraid of what it would do to Owen's ego to have his wife publish a book instead of him, so she turns down the offer.

Steve calls Owen, but when he finds out she's at Charles' apartment, he tells her they're really through. He interviews a new secretary, and Steve comes by to pick up her things. Owen goes to confront Charles, and he finds out that Steve refused to have her book published to spare his feelings. But, now, Steve agrees and her book becomes a success. Steve files for divorce from Owen. Owen finds out that Steve has taken an apartment right above his and has hired a male secretary, who he kicks out. He tells her that he heard about what she did, and says that he read her book and thinks she's a better writer. He offers to be secretary for Steve for her new book. She agrees and dictates him the story of a secretary who gets hired by a writer and falls in love. The two of them make up.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Romance/Love/Hugging    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   workplace romance Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   writer

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   secretary Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American


United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing

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