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Maisie Was a Lady (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 10 January 1941 (USA)
Showgirl Maisie Ravier finds herself once again out of work. She meets a wealthy playboy who hires her to be his family's new maid. Maisie soon finds herself trying to mend the family's ... See full summary »

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Elizabeth Reinhardt (screenplay) (as Betty Reinhardt), Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Sothern ... Maisie Ravier
Lew Ayres ... Bob Rawlston
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Abby Rawlston
C. Aubrey Smith ... Walpole
Joan Perry ... Diana Webley
Paul Cavanagh ... 'Cap' Rawlston
Edward Ashley ... Link Phillips
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rita Johnson ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
Henry O'Neill ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Showgirl Maisie Ravier finds herself once again out of work. She meets a wealthy playboy who hires her to be his family's new maid. Maisie soon finds herself trying to mend the family's many problems. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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"Blonde Bonfire" Maisie is in Society Now!

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En flicka på halsen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The estate is located in Bellport, NY on Long Island. See more »

Goofs

The position of Maisie's hand while the father and son are talking at the foot of the staircase. See more »

Quotes

Link Phillips: [after its exposed he's only getting married for the money] Well what are you looking at?
Maisie Ravier, an alias of Mary Anastasia O'Connor: Nothing. I'm nearsighted... I can't see that far down
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Follows Gold Rush Maisie (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont (as J.S. Pierpont)
Sung a cappella by Lew Ayres and the 5 midgets
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Maisie becomes a maid to the rich
1 December 2007 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

You can tell that the "Maisie" films were popular, especially when you compare the first two or so to this one. The budget has gone up considerably by the time "Maisie Was a Lady" was produced. Not only are the production values better but the cast is of a higher level, too. Besides the incomparable Ann Sothern, Lew Ayres, Maureen O'Sullivan, C. Aubrey Smith and Paul Cavanagh are on hand, playing members of a wealthy family. When the drunken Bobby manages to lose Maisie her job in a carnival as the headless woman and then forgets he gave her his car so that she's arrested, a judge orders him to employ her at her headless woman's salary for the allotted period of time. After she nearly ruins his sister Abby's (O'Sullivan) engagement party, Abby changes Maisie's position to that of personal maid. Maisie discovers that the young woman is very much alone, especially after she realizes her fiancée only wants her money.

This is the best entry into the series of the ones I've seen, though Sothern is great in all of them, beautiful, sassy and vibrant. Maureen O'Sullivan is wonderful as the sweet and heartbroken Abby, and C. Aubrey Smith is great as the loyal, loving family butler. Lew Ayres, when he wasn't Dr. Kildare, seemed to be typecast as a drunken playboy a good deal before the war - it's a role he plays convincingly, though in life he was a deeply religious, health and work-oriented person. Handsome Paul Cavanagh plays Abby and Bob's dad, "Cap" who gets his comeuppance from Maisie.

Great fun and a must for Sothern fans.


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