Duck Soup Cinema: The Social Secretary
Presented By Overture Center • Dance Series

The Social Secretary

Duck Soup Cinema

Sat, Apr 18

Capitol Theater: $3 - $9

Overture Center is committed to the safety of our guests, resident organizations, artists, volunteers and staff. On Friday, March 13 our local public health authorities banned any gatherings of 250 or more people due to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

We have canceled the performances of Duck Soup Cinema: The Social Secretary.
Ticket buyers will be contacted via email about their options.



All Ages


A feminist satire of 1916 that remains relevant today has Norma Talmadge playing Mayme, an attractive woman who can’t keep a job because of unwanted advances from male clients. When she accepts a new job as social secretary to a wealthy family, she disguises herself as dowdy and ends up falling for the son of the house.

Organist: Jelani Eddington

Learn more about female pioneers in film with displays from the Society of American Archivists – Student Chapter and Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research in the lobby before the show.

Overture’s Duck Soup Cinema silent film series is nationally known for providing an authentic and rare silent film experience in the historic Capitol Theater, which celebrated its 90th anniversary in January 2018. As these films were released nearly a century ago, please be aware they may depict some of the theatric and social conventions of the time including material that may be considered socially insensitive today.