Employees' Entrance (1933) - Rotten Tomatoes

Employees' Entrance (1933)




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Movie Info

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!"


Warren William
as Kurt Anderson
Loretta Young
as Madeleine Walters West
Wallace Ford
as Martin West
Alice White
as Polly Dale
Marjorie Gateson
as Mrs. Hickox
Ruth Donnelly
as Miss Hall
Frank Reicher
as Garfinkle
Sam Godfrey
as The Man
Edward McWade
as An Employee
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Critic Reviews for Employees' Entrance

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

Warren William gives quite an efficient portrait of a dictator of an important department store.

August 8, 2006 | Full Review…

As an attack on ruthless capitalism, it goes a lot further than more recent efforts such as Wall Street, and it's amazing how much plot and character are gracefully shoehorned into 75 minutes.

January 10, 2004 | Full Review…

...a slow-moving and mostly uneventful drama that nevertheless boasts an assortment of compelling attributes...

December 7, 2020 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

The Important thing about this picture Is that Warren William, who plays the lending role as a ruthless but extraordinarily efficient department store general manager. Is back In his old form.

June 23, 2020 | Full Review…

You quickly get used to the on-the-nose dialogue... and the story moves quickly while still managing to develop our interest in the main characters.

November 10, 2015 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Clever comedy/melodrama about a nasty power-hungry boss who gets his comeuppance.

October 6, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Employees' Entrance


hardcore precode with warren william, terrific as a ruthless executive and womanizer, firing people left and right and even driving one employee to suicide. the film still packs a punch 80 years later

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

This movie is definitely pre-code, it's story is a realistic and truthful account of the troubles of a working girl and her boyfriend. This movie is worth a glance.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Pre-code shenanigans, really quite lurid in its way.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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