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Secrets of an Actress (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 10 September 1938 (USA)
Two architects lose their heads over a glamorous actress.

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Milton Krims (original screenplay), Rowland Leigh (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Fay Carter
George Brent ... Dick Orr
Ian Hunter ... Peter Snowden
Gloria Dickson ... Carla Orr
Isabel Jeans ... Marian Plantagenet
Penny Singleton ... Miss Reid
Dennie Moore ... Miss Blackstone
Selmer Jackson ... Thompson
Herbert Rawlinson ... Harrison
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Spencer (as Emmet Vogan)
James B. Carson James B. Carson ... Carstairs
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Storyline

Two architects lose their heads over a glamorous actress.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lovely Lady See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fay's apartment rent of $150 per month would equate to nearly $2,570 in 2016 - still a bargain for a New York City apartment of that size and quality. See more »

Goofs

At the opening night of Fay's play "Springboard", pages from the program are shown to indicate the play's progress. The one for the second act reads: "Springboard, Act II, Interior Fay Carter's living room, next day." Fay Carter is the *actress*. Unless the character has the same name as the star, this was an error. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits show a woman's hands opening a locked diary, which when opened, displays the credits as the pages are flipped. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Daydreaming (All Night Long)
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Marian is introduced to Carla
Also played as dance music
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For a Post-Code film, it sure has the look of a Pre-Code picture!
20 September 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In 1934, a newer strengthened Production Code was put in place. Hollywood had agreed to clean up its act--removing nudity, adultery, bawdy language and excessively violent behavior from its films. During the rest of the 30s, divorce, for example, was hardly ever mentioned. In light of this, it was very surprising that SECRETS OF AN ACTRESS got the go ahead light. This film is about a new Broadway star (Kay Francis) and the men who love her (Ian Hunter and George Brent). In particular, she loves Brent, though she doesn't realize he's already married. To make this more palatable to the censors, they pointed out that Brent's wife didn't love him, was holding on to him for his money and that they'd been separated for several years. This was perhaps the only way the divorce angle could enter the film, though it also tended to make the film seem a bit contrived and impossible.

Overall, the film is entertaining though also very predictable. The stars do a decent enough job, though the less than outstanding plot and the god-awful character of Miss Plantagenet (who was like a walking migraine every time she appeared on screen) did a lot to sink this film to the mediocre level.


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