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Secrets of an Actress (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 10 September 1938 (USA)
Two architects lose their heads over a glamorous actress.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Fay Carter
George Brent ...
Dick Orr
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Peter Snowden
Gloria Dickson ...
Carla Orr
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Marian Plantagenet
Penny Singleton ...
Miss Reid
Dennie Moore ...
Miss Blackstone
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Thompson
Herbert Rawlinson ...
Harrison
Emmett Vogan ...
Spencer (as Emmet Vogan)
James B. Carson ...
Carstairs
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Two architects lose their heads over a glamorous actress.

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Drama | Romance

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10 September 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Segredos de uma Actriz  »

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Goofs

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 »

Crazy Credits

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

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Just a Simple Melody
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Saul Chaplin
Played when the three are sitting at the bar turning the lamps on and off
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Melodrama or Comedy?
20 September 2008 | by (a less fashionable DC suburb) – See all my reviews

The reviews I've found call this a melodrama but it could also be labeled a comedy, though the laughs are not all intentional.

Take the scene where George Brent tries to convince Ian Hunter that backing a Broadway play is a bad investment. No matter how accurate the figures he throws up are, the audience knows anytime a film's stars "put on a show", it's going to be a hit.

What we might no expect is that the supporting characters are more interesting than the leads. It's not so surprising with Gloria Dickson since she's playing the villain but when the best friend (Isabel Jeans) steals every scene from the romantic lead (Kay Francis), we know the picture is in trouble.

The big problem is the film is not melodramatic enough to be a melodrama and not funny enough to be a comedy


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