Employees' Entrance

Synopsis: Kurt Anderson is the tyrannical manager of a New York department store in financial straits. He thinks nothing of firing an employee of more than 20 years or of toying with the affections of every woman he meets. One such victim is Madeline, a beautiful young woman in need of a job. Anderson hires her as a salesgirl, but not before the two spend the night together. Madeline is ashamed, especially after she falls for Martin West, a rising young star at the store. Her biggest fear is that Martin finds out the truth about her "career move."
Genre: Drama, Romance
Director(s): Roy Del Ruth
Production: First National
75 min

I've dealt with this store for years,

And you were a bunch of gentlemen

till you got that maniac Anderson.

He wants me to stand the loss.

Anderson, Anderson.

Who is this guy Anderson, anyway?

I thought you were the

owner of this store.

But I've worked for you

for 12 years, Mr. Monroe.

I don't deserve to be thrown

out for one little mistake.

Mr. Anderson has charge of that.

I helped your father build this business

Through the advertising

columns in my newspaper.

I was his friend, I've been your friend,

And now you suddenly decide to withdraw

Your advertising from

my pages. Why? Why?

I know, I know. I'm terribly sorry,

But Mr. Anderson thinks...


Send Mr. Anderson in, please.

Yes, sir.

I... I hope I get away

pretty soon, gentlemen.

The transatlantic flyers are arriving.

I've got to get down

the bay to meet the ship.

The, uh, mayor is depending on me.

Oh. Gentlemen, this is Mr.

Anderson, our general manager.

How do you do? Good morning.

You will find a chair there, Anderson.


Mr. Anderson, we've

been talking about you.

Business has run along very nicely,

And we would like to give you

the privilege to continue with us,

But it has been mentioned, however,

That your methods have

been a little, uh...

well, shall we say,

overzealous at times?

Uh, it might be well

For Mr. Ross to

supervise your decisions.

An excellent suggestion.

Otherwise, I congratulate you

On having made good with us,

And I invite you to continue

in your present position.

Thank you, gentlemen.

I'm glad you're satisfied with

the business we're doing here.

All we need are bigger and better

Welcoming parties on board that yacht,

And business will go

right through the roof!

The day that Lindbergh arrived,

there weren't 20 people in the store,

And when the prince of Wales

And the king of Siam and

the president of Cuba came,

Gentlemen, we simply touched bottom.

There's only one answer to it...

either move this store out

Onto that yacht or move

the yacht into the store.

What are you talking about?

I'm talking about the

business of this store, Ross,

In case you don't get me.

When I first went to work here,

I was a kid, 20 years old,

In the shipping department,

one of a thousand.

I've been through many

departments since then.

I've seen thousands of

employees come and go,

And I've come to one conclusion-

There's no room for

sympathy or softness.

My code is smash or be smashed.

I took this store

When it was a pile of

junk without leadership.

I converted it into assets,

Assets for you gentlemen to pat

one another on the back about.

Do you think you did

it? Ha ha! No! I did it!

I don't own any yachts.

I'm not on the mayor's

welcoming committee.

I did it because I know how!

This store has got to go on climbing,

And I'm here to see that it does.

As for commodore Monroe,

You're the greatest welcomer

this city has ever had

And the worst department

store executive!

Anderson! How dare you?

There's only one man

That can keep this store at top speed

- Me!

You know it.

You want me to keep it going, don't you?

You invite me to continue, don't you?

You bet your necks

I'm going to continue,

But I'm going to be in supreme command

and be responsible for what I do.

I'll take a new contract

at double my present salary

And supervision from nobody!

Oh, preposterous!

I'll give you that one

chance to keep me here,

Or I sign a contract with Gormley's-

Your biggest competitor

- Tomorrow morning.

The insolent upstart!

He's only an employee. How dare he!

I warned you. He is a

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