Fun Size Review: The Social Secretary (1916)

Norma Talmadge: single girl in the big city. Her bosses think that her duties include… well, let’s just say she has to slap a few of them. An idea! She disguises herself as a frump for her next job.

It turns out, though, that the boss’s son is one guy she wouldn’t mind chasing her around the office. Erich von Stroheim is amusing a supporting role as a nasty paparazzo. Questionable gender politics but fun to watch Norma Talmadge in a romantic comedy, generally considered the territory of her little sister Constance.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.
All misunderstandings are cleared up and Norma lands that handsome son of the boss.

If it were a dessert it would be: Polka Dot Cake. Cute and pretty with a surprise inside.

Read my full-length review here.

Availability: Released on DVD.


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  1. Shari Polikoff

    It always amazes me how beautiful actresses would want to make themselves look homely for a movie role (Norma here, Marion Davies in ‘Ever Since Eve,’ with the same basic plot, and Ginger Rogers in ‘In Person,’ made particularly hideous with buck teeth.) Even modern-day actresses Nicole Kidman and Charlize Theron did it, but at least the Oscars they won would seem to make the effort more worthwhile.

    1. Fritzi Kramer

      In the case of this film, it was all for comedic effect but I think many actresses felt and still feel they are not taken seriously because of their looks. Let’s face it, there are many more funny looking actors than actresses and always have been.

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