The Private Secretary (1935 film)

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The Private Secretary
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Directed by Henry Edwards
Written by George Broadhurst
Arthur Macrae
H. Fowler Mear
Based onThe farce by Charles Hawtrey ( The Private Secretary ) and the book by Von Moser (Der Bibliotheker)
Produced by Julius Hagen
Starring Edward Everett Horton
Barry MacKay
Judy Gunn
Oscar Asche
Cinematography Sydney Blythe
William Luff
Music by W.L. Trytel (uncredited)
Julius Hagen Productions
Distributed by Twickenham Film Distributors Ltd (UK)
Release date
September 1935 (UK)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Private Secretary is a 1935 British comedy film directed by Henry Edwards and starring Edward Everett Horton, Barry MacKay, Judy Gunn and Oscar Asche. [1] It is an adaptation of the play The Private Secretary by Charles Henry Hawtrey. It was made at Twickenham Studios.



A timid and dim-witted clergyman is duped into helping a playboy avoid his creditors, inherit his uncle's fortune and get the girl.


Critical reception

TV Guide felt the comedy of the Victorian farce "didn't translate well into later times. Horton and Sim (in a secondary role) serve as the film's saving graces with some nice comic moments", [2] and Sky Movies agreed, calling the film "a mostly dismal British farce stickily directed by former acting superstar Henry Edwards, but held back from disaster by the pawkily amusing performances of Edward Everett Horton, dithering delightfully in the leading role, and Alastair Sim, offering a lugubrious contribution as Mr Nebulae." [3]

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  2. "The Private Secretary". TV Guide.
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