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10 Ratings

Working Girls

Directed by Dorothy Arzner
United States, 1931


Two sisters from Indiana, the wide-eyed, innocent and beautiful Mae Thorpe, and her streetwise sister June, move into the Rolf House for Homeless Girls in New York. With June’s help, Mae obtains a job as a stenographer for a scientist, while June gets work as a telegraph operator at Western Union.

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Working Girls Directed by Dorothy Arzner

Critics reviews

Their dynamic with each other, the other girls in the boardinghouse and their gentleman suitors (June later falls for the professor with whom Mae had previously been involved) is navigated with more nuance than other films of its era, Arzner foregrounding the women’s personal evolution over details of romantic preoccupations.
June 16, 2017
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Working from a screenplay by Zoë Akins, with razor sharp editing by Jane Loring, Arzner creates a fresh, compact, and decidedly female centered tale, which remains shockingly relevant even today.
February 15, 2017
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