The Girls in the Office
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The Girls in the Office
The Girls in the Office
Based onThe Girls in the Office by Jack Olsen
Written byRichard Danus
Directed byTed Post
StarringSusan Saint James
Barbara Eden
Robyn Douglass
Penny Peyser
Tony Roberts
Joe Penny
Music byJohn Parker
Country of originUnited States
Original English
Barry Oringer
CinematographyAndrew Costikyan
Editor(s)Tom Stevens
Running time100 minutes
Production ABC Circle Films
Budget$1.8 million
Original networkABC
Original releaseFebruary 2, 1979 (1979-02-02)

The Girls in the Office is a 1979 American made-for-television romantic drama film directed by Ted Post and starring Susan Saint James, Barbara Eden, Robyn Douglass and Penny Peyser as four young women working in the office of a new department store in Houston, Texas. The film originally premiered as the ABC Friday Night Movie on February 2, 1979.[1]


"The Girls in the Office" are four young women working in the office of the new Nayfak's department store in Houston where the action centers around the quartet as they search for professional success and future husbands while balancing their jobs with their love lives:

  • Rita Massaro is an ambitious woman hardened by her past who is determined to have a better, more prosperous life, and is willing to do anything she thinks will help her get it; her vicious and unscrupulous manipulations of events and co-workers eventually backfire.
  • Lee Rawlins is a dedicated office manager who reconciles strife between employees and supervisors; she is a career woman and a long-time employee of Nayfak's old department store whose conservative attitude has kept her from fulfilling her life.
  • Karen Heineman is a secretary and Tracy Beaumont is the office coffee girl; they are both Rita's co-workers and roommates who, despite their youth and inexperience, soon learn to stand up for their rights.

Ben Nayfak is a pioneer who rose from shirt peddler to tycoon and, as his crowning glory, is determined to build the world's grandest department store. In addition, Beau Galloway is head of the construction crew at Nayfak's who falls in love with Lee; Mike Holden and Bill Pearson are the two right-hand men to Mr. Nayfak jockeying for top position.


Production notes

The Girls in the Office was filmed on location from October to November 1978 at The Galleria shopping complex located in the Uptown District of Houston, Texas.

During early filming, Susan Saint James accidentally injured her knee and when it became swollen, she was unable to walk through the vast Galleria complex unaided. It was suggested that she use a golf cart and the idea worked so well that scenes were rewritten for her to glide past the various departments with ease.[2]

The film's tagline is: "Meet the people behind the world's most glamorous department store... An intimate look at their hidden lives. The passionate games they play for power... and for love. The men at the top... and the GIRLS IN THE OFFICE."

At the time, The Girls in the Office was the highest budgeted made-for-TV movie at a cost of $1.8 million.[3]

Home video release

The Girls in the Office was released on VHS in PAL format in Europe. To date, it has never been released on any physical format in the United States.


  1. ^ "The-Girls-in-the-Office - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes -". Retrieved 2015.
  2. ^ Herald Journal, retrieved January 17, 2015.
  3. ^ The Victoria Advocate, retrieved January 18, 2015.

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