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Stenographers Wanted (1912)

Two businessmen need to hire a stenographer, but their wives get suspicious when they notice a parade of beautiful young women entering and leaving their husbands' office.


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Cast overview:
John Bunny ... Mr. Brown
Flora Finch ... The Chosen Stenographer
Charles Eldridge ... Mr. Jones
Julia Swayne Gordon ... Mrs. Jones
Lillian Walker ... The Blonde Stenographer
Kate Price ... Mrs. Brown
Ferris Harcourt Ferris Harcourt ... The Office Boy
Leah Baird ... The Brunette Stenographer


Hanks & Shanks advertise for a young lady stenographer. In response they are deluged with a bevy of pretty girls who apply for the position. The office boy receives them with great dignity. When the two bosses arrive they find it very hard to make a choice, but finally decide upon two. While they are trying them out a homely old maid comes in and insists upon seeing the heads. Shanks peeps from his private office and falls into his chair. Hanks then takes a look and he falls on top of Shanks. The stenographer dares a look and falls into Hank's lap. While in this position, Mrs. Hanks and Mrs. Shanks arrive and find their husbands with the pretty young stenographer in their arms. The two wives employ the old maid. This is too much for the two partners, so they leave the office and seek consolation with a "bracer" at a nearby café. Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

26 February 1912 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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The audience roared
30 September 2016 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

A very good comedy with a brilliant cast. Brown and Jones, played by Eldridge and Bunny, need a new stenographer and many answer the ad; the office is full of girls. Among these are Miss Walker, a blonde, and Miss Baird, a brunette. Brown comes in and inspects them. Jones comes in and inspects them. One wants the blonde; the other wants the brunette. Presently Mrs. Brown (Kate Price) and Mrs. Jones (Julia Swayne Gordon) come in and they make their choice. Each brings her husband out of the inner office by the ear and shows her to him. Both have chosen the same stenographer; she is Flora Finch. The audience roared. Enough has been said. The photographs are fine. - The Moving Picture World, March 9, 1912

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