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Release Date:
10 September 1938 (USA) See more »
Two architects lose their heads over a glamorous actress. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kay Francis ... 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 ... Thompson

Herbert Rawlinson ... Harrison
Emmett Vogan ... Spencer (as Emmet Vogan)
James B. Carson ... Carstairs
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Brooks Benedict ... Dining Extra (uncredited)
Mary Currier ... Playgoer in Theater Lobby (uncredited)
Jerry Fletcher ... Theater Usher (uncredited)
Jack A. Goodrich ... Playgoer / Party Guest (uncredited)
Eddie Graham ... Playgoer / Party Guest (uncredited)

John Harron ... Party Guest at Bar (uncredited)

Grace Hayle ... Fat Visitor in Dressing Room (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Playgoer in Theater Lobby (uncredited)

Stuart Holmes ... Playgoer in Theater Lobby (uncredited)
Arthur Housman ... Drunk Who Keeps Turning Off Lamp (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Reynolds - Peter's Butler (uncredited)
Al Lloyd ... Man in Elevator (uncredited)

Clayton Moore ... Theater Usher (uncredited)

Peggy Moran ... Actress Waiting to See Carstairs (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Ship's Purser (uncredited)
Maurice Murphy ... Thompson's Assistant (uncredited)

Wedgwood Nowell ... Playgoer in Theater Lobby (uncredited)

Spec O'Donnell ... Call Boy (uncredited)
George O'Hanlon ... Flowers Delivery Boy (uncredited)
Bernice Pilot ... Blanche - Fay's Maid (uncredited)
John J. Richardson ... Playgoer in Theater Lobby (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Audience Member (uncredited)

Janet Shaw ... Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
Libby Taylor ... Carla's Maid (uncredited)

Rosella Towne ... Seated Party Guest (uncredited)

Leo White ... Florist (uncredited)
Lottie Williams ... Playgoer in Theater Lobby (uncredited)
Claude Wisberg ... Usher Fetching Peter (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Extra Dancing at Party (uncredited)

Directed by
William Keighley 
Writing credits
Milton Krims (original screenplay) &
Rowland Leigh (original screenplay) and
Julius J. Epstein (original screenplay)

Charles Kenyon  contributing writer (uncredited)
Mary C. McCall Jr.  contributing writer (uncredited)

Produced by
David Lewis .... producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox (photography) (as Sid Hickox)
Film Editing by
Owen Marks (film editor)
Art Direction by
Anton Grot 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Hansen .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Charles Lang .... sound
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.) (A First National Picture)

Additional Details

Also Known As:
70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
UK:A | USA:Approved (PCA #4153) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Fay's apartment rent of $150 per month would equate to nearly $2,570 in 2016 - still a bargain for a New York City apartment of that size and quality.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
I Want To Be A Producer, 14 January 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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