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The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 26 October 1939 (USA)
Movie opens with a murder involving gangster. Gangster's girl goes to stay with mother. Mother is the housekeeper for upper class family with an attractive son. Family returns early from ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Hilda
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Deakon Maxwell
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Robert Randall
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Ed O'Malley
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Benny
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Olga
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Editor Wilson
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Floyd
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Gladys
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Lefty
John Hyams ...
Professor Randall
Leila McIntyre ...
Mrs. Randall
Luis Alberni ...
Veroni
Rosina Galli ...
Mrs. Veroni
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Movie opens with a murder involving gangster. Gangster's girl goes to stay with mother. Mother is the housekeeper for upper class family with an attractive son. Family returns early from vacation. Gangster's gang follows girl to house, police follow. Comedy ensures.

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5 Men Ran After THE HOUSEKEEPER'S DAUGHTER...Who Treated Them Like She Hadn't Oughter! See more »

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26 October 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Criada para Amar  »

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(TCM print)

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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A modern source lists James Flavin in the film as a Detective, but that role was played by Pat Flaherty. See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Hummed by Adolphe Menjou
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newspaper and mobsters cover murder ...
15 August 2007 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

Joan Bennett (was "Mom' in Father of the Bride) plays Hilda, the daughter and Adolphe Menjou and John Hubbard are reporters in Housekeeper's Daughter. Everyone involved (except Mature) had made tons of movies by 1939, so the story moves right along. In Housekeeper's Daughter, Benny (George Stone, was in the "Boston Blackie" films )helps serve Hilda's guests, and there's a murder to be solved. The newspaper reporters go on a bender and get fact and fiction confused. The dashing Victor Mature (Samson & Delilah 1949) is one of the mobster's men who goes to visit Hilda, the housekeeper's daughter to see just how much she knows. Keep an eye out for the always funny character actor Donald Meek ("You Cant Take it with You" and "My Little Chickadee" ) as the newspaper editor Mr. Wilson. Reminded me a little bit of "His Girl Friday" which would come out a year later in 1940, but not nearly as clever as H.G.F. How could anyone compete with Cary Grant & Rosalind Russell? See also "Big Brown Eyes" from 1936, also Cary Grant, also a newspaper caper....


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