My Dear Secretary is a 1948 American comedy film directed by Charles Martin, starring Laraine Day and Kirk Douglas.
Successful novelist and playboy Owen Waterbury (Kirk Douglas) hires aspiring writer Stephanie ‘Steve’ Gaylord (Laraine Day) as his secretary; a dream come true for Steve who admires Owen and his work. Steve soon finds out that the egomaniacal Owen has gone through a series of secretaries who have left when they are fed up with his behaviour. He is constantly in debt and cannot begin to write a contracted novel that will pay his bills including a lucrative advance by his publisher. Steve perseveres until the novel, based on the events of Steve’s life and that mentions a character based on his publisher shown in an unflattering light, is refused publication.
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