When a wife finds out that her husband has fallen for a chorus girl, she figures that if he can stray so can she, so she starts looking elsewhere.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeff Gilbert
Sue Marsh
Jimmy Stafford
Margie Dodd
Mrs. Gilbert
Armand Kaliz ...
Armand Blum
The Out of Work Actor
Gertrude Short ...
Sue's Chum - the Chorus Girl
Eddie Kane ...
Mr. Edwards - the Stage Manager
The Music Publisher (as William Humphries)
Pop - the Stage Doorman
Travers - the Gigolo
Mrs. Simmons (as Lillianne Leighton)
Lawyer Marsh
Lee Zahler ...
Lee Zahler - Orchestra Leader


Chorus girl Blondie Marsh has many "stage-door Johnnies" eager to wine and dine her, but she is only interested in struggling songwriter Jimmy Stafford, who lives in the same boarding house. Jimmy gets a small cash advance and they are getting reading to go out and celebrate when Blondie, having trouble hooking up her evening dress, steps out in the hall and is helped by Marjorie Dodd, a jobless chorus girl who has taken up house cleaning. Mrs. Simmons, boarding house owner comes by and fires Marjorie for neglecting her duties. Blondie promises to help get Marjorie a job and she joins Blondie and Jimmy on their celebration. Wealthy-and-bored club man Jeff Gilbert is desperately trying to find something to do for the evening and his butler suggests taking in the show in which Blondie is working. While dressing, Jeff is informed that his estranged wife is returning from Paris agreeable to a divorce for a big cash settlement. The price is too high and Jeff decides to fight it. Jeff ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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20 October 1933 (USA)  »

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The American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films 1931-1940 gives the wrong role identifications to both leading ladies: Sue Carol plays "Sue aka Susie Marsh," not "Marjorie Dodd," and Cecilia Parker plays "Marjorie Dodd," not "Blondie Marsh." See more »

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Andy Hardy's Straight Laced Sister as a Chorus Girl!!
29 April 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Sue Carol may be the nominated star but it is really Cecilia Parker's movie. Who would have thought that Andy Hardy's straight laced older sister would ever play a chorus girl (not "Blondie" as mentioned in IMDb) - but in "Secret Sinners" she does, albight a very innocent one!! She starts off as a maid of all work in a boarding house but with her beauty it's a cinch she is not going to go undiscovered for long and, sure enough, her peppy room mate Susie secures her a try out with the show she is with. Sue Carol never seemed to change - she still had that cute flapper look that made her Fox's resident jazz baby of the 1920s.

She and her then husband Nick Stuart play a wise-cracking team with the quips coming thick and fast. He is Jimmy, a song writer who just needs a lucky break ("I'll be back as soon as I finish my new song" - "I'll only be here until next year")!! Marjorie (Parker) meets incognito millionaire Jeff Gilbert (Jack Mulhall). He is bored and wants to mingle with the common people - she mistakes him for a pal of Jimmy's. He ingratiates himself with the friends right away by giving Jimmy help to get a music publishing business going but he makes the mistake of forgetting to say he is married!! Even though he is in the process of divorce, it is Natalie Moorhead and she usually shows no mercy as she goes for the jugular!!

There are some odd novelty acts dotted through the movie, like the girl who balances a glass of water on her forehead or the girl who can pick up a hanky with her teeth while bending over backwards!! - the pals sure dine at the strangest places!! Best of all Harry Barris takes a turn at the piano and turns a wilting ballad into a Rhythm Boys piano scat!! Of course Marjorie finds out (about the marriage) and is more than willing to take up the offer of resident stage door Lothario - he takes her to a roadhouse (pre-code talk for a very low dive) but there is a car accident and ......

This was Sue Carol's second comeback - after her marriage to Nick Stuart Fox washed their hands of her and started building up Dixie Lee (who very soon married Bing Crosby). Sue then came back in Radio's "Check and Double Check" (1930), the big hit of the year thanks to the public's curiosity to see their radio favourites "Amos and Andy". "Secret Sinners" was her second try but her second last film. She had just had a baby the year before and was probably beginning to think if all this movie limelight was worth it!!

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