HIS SECRETARY

Produced and Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Released: December 2, 1925

Featured cast: Norma Shearer, Lew Cody, Gwen Lee

Producer: Harry Rapf
Director: Hobart Henley
Screenwriters: Louis Lighton, Hope Loring, Frederica Sagor Maas (scenario); Joseph Farnham (titles)
Source: a Carey Wilson story
Cinematographer: Ben F. Reynolds

THEME

A modest working girl overhears her boss say that he wouldn’t kiss her for a thousand dollars.

PRODUCTION QUOTE

“Hobart Henley will this week begin production of Free Lips, an original story by Carey Wilson. Norma Shearer will be starred.”
- “Feature Production at Highest Point,” Exhibitors Trade Review, October 3, 1925

REVIEWS

“With cotton stockings, sensible shoes, pince-nez, and without exaggerated makeup, beautiful Miss Shearer looks plain enough to be a movie critic."
- Photoplay, February 1926

“Again we take off our hats to Norma Shearer. In The Lady of the Night she revealed exceptional ability in character roles as a tough and jazzy girl of the under­world. Now she adds to her gallery of achieve­ments an even finer performance as a severely plain, unattractive, and old-maidish type of stenographer which stands out even more forcibly by contrast with her portrayal of the stylish beautiful girl in the later reels."
- Moving Picture World, January 2, 1926

“Norma Shearer’s performance in the early part of the picture was particularly effective because she seemed to depend less on makeup than on a complete change of manner. If her beauty ever faded, and may Providence grant that it won’t, she could make a good living as an actress of slavey and spinster roles. But pleasure to the eye is ever more important in pictures than appeal to the mind, so Miss Shearer is hereby given my permission to play beautiful roles exclu­sively."
- Edwin Schallert, Los Angeles Times, December 27, 1925

ARTIST COMMENT

“How wonderful to make people laugh—and how difficult! This was the first time I succeeded in being funny on the screen. This ugly duckling was a long way from the bareback rider on the white horse in He Who Gets Slapped, but I’d made the leap. That did it. The Powers That Be decided I was an actress. I saw my name in lights, which meant that from then on my name would be above the title."
- Norma Shearer, Memoir Notes

FIGURES

His Secretary cost $149,000 and grossed $588,000.
(These figures have not been adjusted for inflation nor do they include profits from reissues, television syndication, and home entertainment formats.)

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