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The Affairs of Martha (1942)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 21 June 1942 (USA)
Members of a well-to-do small community become worried when it is revealed that one of their maids is writing a telling exposé.

Director:

Jules Dassin

Writers:

Isobel Lennart (original screenplay "Once Upon a Thursday"), Lee Gold (original screenplay "Once Upon a Thursday")
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marsha Hunt ... Martha Lindstrom
Richard Carlson ... Jeff Sommerfield
Marjorie Main ... Mrs. McKissick
Virginia Weidler ... Miranda Sommerfield
Spring Byington ... Sophia Sommerfield
Allyn Joslyn ... Joel Archer
Frances Drake ... Sylvia Norwood
Barry Nelson ... Danny O'Brien
Melville Cooper ... Dr. Clarence Sommerfield
Inez Cooper ... Mrs. Jacell
Sara Haden ... Mrs. Justin I. Peacock
Margaret Hamilton ... Guinevere
Ernest Truex ... Llewellyn Castle
Cecil Cunningham ... Mrs. Llewellyn Castle
William B. Davidson ... Homer Jacell
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The town gossips are reporting that a household servant in exclusive Rocky Point is writing an expose of the colony. Mrs. Sophia Sommerfield is convinced it can't be either one of her maids, Martha Lindstrom or Mrs. McKessic, although, unknown to Sophia, she is totally unaware that her son, Jeff, is married to Martha. At the moment, Jeff wants a divorce so he can marry another woman. The book comes out and Sophia is relieved to find that Martha's book does not reveal Sophia's fondness for reading "true-confession" magazines, nor mention that Sophia's young daughter, Mirand, writers her club reports for Sophia. Other items are cleaned up, also. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 June 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Once Upon a Thursday See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was not successful at the box office, resulting in a loss of $42,000 ($660,000 in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

When Martha is drawing a face on the soaped window, in the long shot of her doing so it is quite simple, but in the next closeup shot the figure is much more complicated and complete as she's looking through it. See more »

Quotes

Patroling Beach Cleaner: If you folks ain't got nothin' to do, maybe you'd like to fish. I got a lot of tackle.
Jeff Sommerfield: Thanks, but we're just trying to talk.
Patroling Beach Cleaner: Well, all right, but I got a hunch they're bitin'. Sure you won't change your mind? cuz after you get old, you got a lot of time to talk.
Jeff Sommerfield: Let's get out of here.
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delightful surprise
3 April 2001 | by michael.e.barrettSee all my reviews

I've been tracking down films written by Isobel Lennart, so although I wasn't completely surprised by how charming this film is, most viewers will be since it's so obscure. This brief B-comedy opens with many splendid characters and zany complications, reminiscent of a Preston Sturges film without quite hitting that height. (There's even a "hep" kid sister that reminds me of Diana Lynn in Sturges' masterpiece "Miracle of Morgan's Creek," although I think that came out a couple of years later. In fact, "Martha" even has a drunken overnight marriage!) The comic actors--Spring Byington, Margaret Hamilton, Marjorie Main, etc.--give full-throttle readings in even brief roles, down to glances and gestures. What I perceive as typically Lennart touches: the opening "union" meetings of the maids and the matrons, who each vow to "stick together" ("One for one and all for all!" says the Swedish maid); and the appearance of the lonely, oddly touching and philosophical beach worker (shades of the character Pop in "Skirts Ahoy"). And Martha's motives in writing her book, also typically, are not selfish; she's not writing a scandalous expose as they fear but an expression of how much she likes them. Interesting that it's about a misunderstood woman writer! It's an early script for her and she co-wrote it, which may explain why there are easy stock characters and selfish negative ones (like the fiancee) who are shut out of the community instead of being recuperated.


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