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Public Stenographer(1933)

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One evening, public stenographer Ann McNair, who works out of the Central Hotel, receives an urgent telephone call requesting her services, and in her haste to accommodate her prospective employer, she mistakes Jim Martin's automobile for a limousine-for-hire. Ann orders Jim to drive her to her destination, and on the way, Jim is given a ticket for speeding. Later, Jim telephones Ann and pretends that he is yet another desperate businessman in need of a stenographer. When Ann arrives at Jim's room, where a wild party is in progress, Jim dictates a letter to his father, the head of the Martin & Son engineering firm, in which he describes Ann's earlier escapade. Ann leaves, furious at Jim's mocking, and fumes when he later sends her the speeding ticket and a bill for the limousine rental. Undaunted, Jim pays a bellhop to tinker with Ann's car and then follows her, conveniently appearing when the car stalls. As Jim "fixes" Ann's car, she discovers his deception and steals his limousine. Eventually, Jim apologizes to Ann and asks her to help him with some estimates on an important railroad contract. The next day, Ann's wisecracking roommate, Lucille Weston, a telephone operator in the hotel, reads in the newspaper that Jim is to marry a Cincinnati heiress. Jim then leaves the city, and Ann assumes he has deserted her. Although heartbroken, Ann refuses to sell Jim's contract notes to lecherous Fred White, Jim's unscrupulous business rival, who is suspected of sabotaging a Martin & Son dam project. Lucille, however, sells White the notes and buys tickets to Honolulu for herself and Ann. When Jim returns, he explains to Ann that he went to Cincinnati to break his engagement with the heiress. To save Jim's contract, Ann and Lucille rush to White's office, where Ann offers to finish transcribing the dictation. When she is alone, Ann throws all of the notes out of a window to Lucille, then makes her escape just before White discovers her trickery. Happily reunited, Jim and Ann pursue their romance on a golf course.