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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
Ian Hunter ...
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 »

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

Soundtracks

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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Nice Francis fare
28 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kay Francis was slapped into B films and her billing demoted in order to drive her out of Warner Brothers; she was making $200,000+ a year, and they were no longer interested in her. She wouldn't leave.

"Secrets of an Actress" is a pretty good B also starring Ian Hunter and George Brent. Francis teams up with an architect (Hunter) who wants to become a producer. Together, they make a great team. However, his partner (Brent) is less enthusiastic and at first suspicious of Francis. Then he falls for her and she for him. However, he's married to a real shrew (Gloria Dickson) - they're no longer together, but getting a divorce is proving difficult.

Most of the B films Francis made were really more like A-, thanks to her. She had an elegant and likable presence that elevated everything she did. The acting is all-around good, especially from Isabel Jeans, who is a riot as Francis' friend Marion.

Good for Francis fans.


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