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Secrets of an Actress (1938)

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Two architects lose their heads over a glamorous actress.



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Complete credited cast:
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 ...
Herbert Rawlinson ...
Emmett Vogan ...
Spencer (as Emmet Vogan)
James B. Carson ...


Two architects lose their heads over a glamorous actress.

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10 September 1938 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


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 »

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


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


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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I Want To Be A Producer
14 January 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Kay Francis must have had some interesting secrets in the way she had two men chasing her in Secrets Of An Actress. Beauty, talent, and that little something extra that makes one a star.

In Secrets Of An Actress, Kay is the daughter of a famous stage actor who has tried to match that career. But all she gets is road company tours in various classics. She wants to be a hit on Broadway and in a role created for her. As it happens she has a play that she wrote with just that in mind. To find a producer is the key.

Enter Ian Hunter who is a successful architect and pretty well fixed financially. A chance meeting in a bar with Francis and he's literally swept off his feet. Hunter has a younger associate in his firm played by George Brent who is likewise smitten with Francis, but he's just a little bit married to Gloria Dickson, one real piece of work.

If you're a fan of Thirties screen comedies I think you'll know where this one is going. Doesn't mean the ride isn't pleasant. The script is a witty, sophisticated one and the cast performs it well.

Look for a brilliant performance by Isabel Jeans as Francis's best friend, an old time actress with a little drinking problem. She plays it like a combination of Eve Arden and Zasu Pitts. In her case the old Latin phrase in vino veritas rings true as she has some really good observations, especially with a drink or two.

A few years down the road, I think someone would have recognized Diana Barrymore for the model of Francis's character. Secrets Of An Actress, though from the Warner B picture unit is a bright comedy, very typical of its time.

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