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Maisie Was a Lady (1941)

 -  Comedy | Drama  -  10 January 1941 (USA)
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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 »



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Complete credited cast:
Bob Rawlston
Abby Rawlston
Joan Perry ...
Diana Webley
Paul Cavanagh ...
'Cap' Rawlston
Edward Ashley ...
Link Phillips
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rita Johnson ...
(scenes deleted)
Henry O'Neill ...
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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 many problems. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <>

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"Blonde Bonfire" Maisie is in Society Now!


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Release Date:

10 January 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

En flicka på halsen  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 24, 1941 with Ann Sothern, Lew Ayres and Maureen O'Sullivan reprising their film roles. See more »


The position of Maisie's hand while the father and son are talking at the foot of the staircase. See more »


Maisie Ravier, an alias of Mary Anastasia O'Connor: [after having lost her job due to Bob's drunken antics] Maybe life's a jolly 4th of July picnic for you, brother, but it certainly isn't for me. You cancelled out my meal ticket, its the middle of the night, there's no trains or buses until morning, and I got exactly 2 dimes and 45 miles between me and New York. Well what are you going to do about it?
Robert 'Bob': I'll take you
Maisie Ravier, an alias of Mary Anastasia O'Connor: How? Piggy back?
Robert 'Bob': No, no, no, no... in my car. Sure, we'll have a little drink here with Curly and then we'll shove off, what do you ...
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Jingle Bells
Written by James Pierpont (as J.S. Pierpont)
Sung a cappella by Lew Ayres and the 5 midgets
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"Maisie" gets a stronger cast than usual...
17 May 2007 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I like ANN SOTHERN as much as the next guy, but I have to confess I was never smitten by these MAISIE movies that were tailor-made for Miss Sothern's particular brand of brassy, good-natured charm.

But at least here she gets LEW AYRES and MAUREEN O'SULLIVAN for support and a sterling performance from C. AUBREY SMITH as a wise butler. The script, however, is formula stuff and the less said about the "amusing" situation at a carnival that gets the film off to a wobbly start, the better.

It's the sort of fluff that audiences loved in the late thirties and early forties, or MGM wouldn't have made so many of these Maisie movies with Sothern from 1939 to 1947.

The improbable plot has to do with Ayres forced to hire Sothern after a judge finds him guilty of making her lose her $25 a week job at the carnival. Ayres turns out to be an unhappy alcoholic trying to forget something by being high most of the time. O'Sullivan is hopelessly infatuated with a man Maisie instinctively knows is no good. In no time at all she manages to have a sobering effect on Ayres and straightens out a few other odds and ends in the eccentric household, including a depressed O'Sullivan who was about to elope with a fraudulent man.

It's interesting how much Maureen O'Sullivan's voice sounds like another British actress--Vivien Leigh--the same timbre, inflection, and British accent. Lew Ayres, as her perpetually tipsy brother, seems to be doing a reprise of his role in HOLIDAY--but he seems to be enjoying himself, pratfalls and all.

Summing up: Formula "Maisie" entertainment is nicely performed with C. Aubrey Smith outdoing himself as the patient and worldly butler, but Maisie's brassiness is a little overdone when she lectures Ayres and a doctor on the despondent Maureen.

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