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Secrets of an Actress (1938)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  10 September 1938 (USA)
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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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Kay Francis Star Vehicle
18 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kay Francis stars as a minor actress who wants to make it on Broadway. She meets a bored architect (Ian Hunter) who has always wanted to produce a play. She has one. They team up and she becomes the toast of the Great White Way. But Hunter also has a partner (George Brent)and it's love at first sight. But he has a grasping wife (Gloria Dickson)....

Fast-paced with a lot of one liners, this little Warners film is fun from the getgo. Francis is, as always, a delight to watch. Brent and Hunter are solid. Dickson is suitably vile as the shrew wife. Isabel Jeans is very funny as Marion, playing a combination of Alice Brady and Eric Blore. The 2 secretaries are nicely played by Dennie Moore and Penny Singleton.

This was one of Kay's final film for Warners, and you'll note they had already demoted her to first billing but beneath the title. Her legal battles with the studio were front-page news in the late 30s. The studio put her in B films and then blamed her for slipping at the box office. Still, Francis had the last laugh; she turned in great performances even in the drek Warners gave her (while handing the plums to the new Warners queen, Bette Davis).


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