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Personal Maid's Secret (1935)

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A maid helps her employers climb the social ladder and has a secretive interest in one particular socialite.

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Joan
Warren Hull ...
Jimmy
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Diana
Ruth Donnelly ...
Lizzie
Arthur Treacher ...
Owen
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Kent Fletcher
Henry O'Neill ...
Mr. Wilton Palmer
Ronnie Cosby ...
Bobby Smith
Bill Elliott ...
Warren Sherrill (as Gordon Elliott)
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Lizzie is a maid hired by an insurance salesman's wife and her family. Used to working for an upscale family, she makes suggestions which slowly increase their social standing and his business. But she has a secret interest in one particular socialite who gets involved with the family and a married man. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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26 October 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Living Up to Lizzie  »

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Mrs. Palmer: I have a little boy about your age. Would you like to come and play with him someday?
Bobby Smith: Is he colored?
Mrs. Joan Smith: We had a colored servant once, and Bobby's enormously interested in the race.
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Coney Island
(1935)(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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Despite its short running time, this is NOT just another B-movie.
9 February 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the 1930s and 40s, thousands and thousands of B-movies were made in Hollywood. These films were meant to be the lesser film on a double feature---a lower budgeted film that was churned out very quickly. Not surprisingly, these films also featured lesser-named actors. Now many of them were rather poor BUT many were actually as good or better than the accompanying feature! So, B didn't necessarily mean bad or inferior. A great example of this is "Personal Maid's Secret". Despite only clocking in at 58 minutes (and most Bs were between 55 and 65 minutes), it's a dandy film for many reasons. To me, the biggest reason was that it starred Ruth Donnelly. Donnelly was a wonderful actress but was never a starring actress--mostly because she was not beautiful and was usually cast as a supporting player. She was fine in these roles, but "Personal Maid's Secret" showed she COULD carry a film--though, oddly, she did not receive top billing. This was given to Margaret Lindsay--who clearly was NOT the lead in the film. The other reason is that the film was well written from start to finish--and especially good near the end of the film, where it took some nice twists. All in all, a very satisfying B--one you should see if you have a chance.

By the way, some might blanch at the comments the little boy makes in the film about 'colored people', though I think he was adorable and the comments UNUSUAL, not racist. See the film and see what I mean.


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