Employees' Entrance (1933)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Workplace Comedy  |   Release Date - May 31, 1933 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 74 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Warren William plays a high-powered ambitious executive who unflinchingly steamrolled his way to the top without regard for the havoc he left in his wake. As the manager of a Macy-like department store, he constantly browbeats his flunkies into submission, and ends-up driving at least one to suicide. Loretta Young plays the wife of one of William's minor employees (Wallace Ford), with whom the Big Boss has a brief affair during an office party. Eventually William gets his comeuppance, and Loretta is vindicated in the eyes of her hubby. A terrific example of pre-Motion Picture Production Code raciness, Employees' Entrance still causes audiences to gasp at its audaciousness when seen today--and also invokes loud laughter when William rebukes one of his errant vice presidents, asking him "What am I paying you so much for? Fifteen thousand a year!"

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boss [employer], department-store, executive, extramarital-affair, ruthlessness, suicide