Take a Letter, Darling (Green-Eyed Woman) (1942)




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Take a Letter, Darling is from the "boss lady" school of 1940s comedies. Fred MacMurray is Darling (that's his last name), an unsuccessful artist who advertises for a position as male secretary. He is hired by female advertising executive Rosalind Russell, who is all business--during business hours. MacMurray learns that his job description includes escorting Ms. Russell and her clients to social gatherings. This goes on and on until Rosalind begins softening her steely exterior and MacMurray asserts his male prerogative (this of course was 1942, when gender stereotypes weren't subject to the ACLU). The film's best moments belong to Robert Benchley as Russell's ad agency partner, who'd rather play cards than tend to business. Though Rosalind Russell seems to be typecast in Take a Letter, Darling she was actually second choice for her role; it had been slated for Claudette Colbert, but Colbert became unavailable when she took over for the recently deceased Carole Lombard in The Palm Beach Story (42). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Rosalind Russell
as A.M. MacGregor
Fred MacMurray
as Tom Verney
Constance Moorehead
as Ethel Caldwell
Constance Moore
as Ethel Caldwell
Macdonald Carey
as Jonathan Caldwell
Robert Benchley
as G.B. Atwater
Charles Arnt
as Bud Newton
Cecil Kellaway
as Uncle George
Kathleen Howard
as Aunt Minnie
Margaret Seddon
as Aunt Judy
Sonny Boy Williams
as Mickey Dowling
John Holland
as Secretary
Florine McKinney
as Young mother
Dorothy Granger
as Switchboard Operator
Amo Ingraham
as Tall Willowy Brunette
Karin [Katharine] Booth
as Blonde stenographer
Jack Rice
as Salesman
Lorin Raker
as Mr. Horner
Jean Del Val
as Headwaiter
Arthur Loft
as Mr. French
James Millican
as Chauffeur
George Dolenz
as Assistant Headwaiter
Isabel Randolph
as Mrs. French
Stanley Mack
as Boarder
George H. Reed
as Sam French
Maggie Hayes
as Sally French
Virginia Brissac
as Mrs. Dowling, the Landlady
Eddie Acuff
as Man Who Picks Teeth
Nell Craig
as Assistant Saleslady
Betty Farrington
as Francesco's Fitter
Sidney D'Albrook
as Overalled Man
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