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Maisie (1939)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  22 June 1939 (USA)
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Stranded, penniless in a small Wyoming town, Maisie Ravier flirts with Slim, the manager of Clifford Ames' ranch. Disgusted by Maisie's flirtation, Slim orders her to leave town. Maisie ... See full summary »



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Streetwise but kind-hearted Maisie Ravier has put her vaudeville life behind her, but not its associated outward good looks, flash and glamor. Trying to get to New York for a job, she ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Beaumont
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Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After graduating college Maisie becomes involved both professionally and personally Joe Morton, who's just developed a revolutionary helicopter.

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Stars: Ann Sothern, George Murphy, Hillary Brooke
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Rare book dealers Joel and Garda take a summertime jaunt to the seashore where he becomes involved in a beauty pageant as investor and judge much to her chagrin.

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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

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In this reworking of "Red Dust," showgirl Maisie Ravier is left stranded in an African village. She's given refuge by Michael Shane, an attractive, but hard-boiled local doctor. She soon ... See full summary »

Director: H.C. Potter
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Showgirl Maisie Ravier finds herself once again out of work. She meets a wealthy playboy who hires her to be his family's new maid. Maisie soon finds herself trying to mend the family's ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Ann Sothern, Lew Ayres, Maureen O'Sullivan
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Maisie is overworked at her defense job and is ordered to take a two week vacation. When she meets Tommy, he offers her a job singing with his band in Reno, but she has to get there on her ... See full summary »

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Stars: Ann Sothern, John Hodiak, Tom Drake
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

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Directors: Edwin L. Marin, J. Walter Ruben, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ann Sothern, Lee Bowman, Slim Summerville
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

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Director: Roy Del Ruth
Stars: Ann Sothern, Red Skelton, Leo Gorcey
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Street-smart Maisie from Brooklyn lands a job at an airplane assembly plant during WWII and falls in love with handsome pilot "Breezy" McLaughlin. Breezy, however, falling in love with and ... See full summary »

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Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Young undefeated boxer Terry Dolan, who's been lying to his invalid mother about his career, confides to Maisie that he hates and is terrified by boxing and wants out. Not wanting to let ... See full summary »

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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Dell kills her beautiful sister in a blind rage when she has an affair with her fiancee, and finds the husband's little daughter may have witnessed it, and then plans to kill her too.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sybil Ames
Clifford Ames
'Shorty' Miller
John Hubbard ...
Richard Raymond (as Anthony Allan)
Art Mix ...
Richard Carle ...
Roger Bannerman
Minor Watson ...
Prosecuting Attorney
Harlan Briggs ...
Deputy Sheriff Cal Hoskins
Paul Everton ...
Joseph Crehan ...
Defense Attorney Wilcox
Frank Puglia ...
Willie Fung ...


Stranded, penniless in a small Wyoming town, Maisie Ravier flirts with Slim, the manager of Clifford Ames' ranch. Disgusted by Maisie's flirtation, Slim orders her to leave town. Maisie meets up with Ames and his adulterous wife, Sybil, and gets hired as their maid. When Ames is in an auto accident, Maisie finds Sybil with lover, Richard. That night, Slim and Maisie declare their love for each other. Ames discovers Sybil's infidelity and kills himself. Sybils revenges on Maisie, telling Slim that Ames and Maisie were lovers. An argument erupts between Slim and Maisie, resulting in Maisie leaving town. Maisie soon discovers that Slim is on trial for Ames' murder. Written by Kelly

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HERE'S OUR GUARANTEE! "Maisie is the surprise picture of the season!" It is one of the things that happen in Hollywood...the once in a "blue moon" mixture of happy players, a good story, a clever director...and the answer is...EXCELLENT ENTERTAINMENT! A GRAND GAL...Everybody's crazy about...! "MAISIE" See more »


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Release Date:

22 June 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway to Wyoming  »

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1.37 : 1
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The first of ten movies starring Ann Sothern as the heroine Maisie Ravier. See more »


Maisie Ravier: You know there's one thing I like about you. You never surprise me. You act like just like I figured the first day I met you.
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Followed by Maisie Was a Lady (1941) See more »


The Last Round-Up (Git Along, Little Dogie, Git Along)
Written by Billy Hill
Sung a cappella by Cliff Edwards
Reprised a cappella by him later
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Pretty good....but I am confused about all the sequels.
28 January 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the first of nine Maisie films starring Ann Sothern. They must have been pretty popular films. However, like some B-movie series films, there appear to be some continuity problems between this film and subsequent ones that make me think that originally there was no intentions to make more than one film. I don't want to give away too much of the plot, but what happens in subsequent films contradict "Maisie". It's a shame, as this first film is dandy entertainment.

Maisie has traveled to Wyoming to appear in a traveling show. However, when she arrives, the touring company has gone and she's left stranded. Eventually, she ends up at a ranch run by Slim (Robert Young) and he takes an immediate dislike of her--as he hates women in general. However, over the course of the film, Maisie manages to wear down his defenses. There is another important part of the film---the Easterner (Ian Hunter) who owns this dude ranch comes to spend vacation time there with his wife. However, soon it becomes apparent that the woman is just no good. How does this plot intertwine with Slim and Maisie's budding romance? See the film and find out for yourself.

"Maisie" is a far from perfect film. Casting Robert Young as a cowboy was just bizarre, though MGM never did seem to know how to use this actor. But a cowboy?! Also, in our more race-conscious world, some might easily be offended when Slim keeps referring to the Chinese cook as the 'Chinese boy'--even though Willie Fong appears to be almost middle-aged. There also is a courtroom scene near the end that is a bit silly. However, the good easily outweighs the bad. The plot is VERY creative and very unusual. Also, Sothern is quite good in the title role. All in all, a very good film--just don't expect the subsequent films to have much in common with this one.

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