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The Affairs of Martha (1942)

 -  Comedy | Romance  -  21 June 1942 (USA)
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Members of a well-to-do small community become worried when it is revealed that one of their maids is writing a telling exposé.

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Jeff Sommerfield
Marjorie Main ...
Mrs. McKissick
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Miranda Sommerfield
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Sophia Sommerfield
Allyn Joslyn ...
Joel Archer
Frances Drake ...
Sylvia Norwood
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Danny O'Brien
Melville Cooper ...
Dr. Clarence Sommerfield
Inez Cooper ...
Mrs. Jacell
Sara Haden ...
Mrs. Justin I. Peacock
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Guinevere
Ernest Truex ...
Llewellyn Castle
Cecil Cunningham ...
Mrs. Llewellyn Castle
William B. Davidson ...
Homer Jacell
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The town gossips are reporting that a household servant in exclusive Rocky Point is writing an expose of the colony. Mrs. Sophia Sommerfield is convinced it can't be either one of her maids, Martha Lindstrom or Mrs. McKessic, although, unknown to Sophia, she is totally unaware that her son, Jeff, is married to Martha. At the moment, Jeff wants a divorce so he can marry another woman. The book comes out and Sophia is relieved to find that Martha's book does not reveal Sophia's fondness for reading "true-confession" magazines, nor mention that Sophia's young daughter, Mirand, writers her club reports for Sophia. Other items are cleaned up, also. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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21 June 1942 (USA)  »

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Once Upon a Thursday  »

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When Martha is drawing a face on the soaped window, in the long shot of her doing so it is quite simple, but in the next closeup shot the figure is much more complicated and complete as she's looking through it. See more »

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Mrs. McKessic: Well, bust my britches!
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Great Supporting Cast, But Uneven Results
20 December 2014 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

A maid's tell-all book threatens to undo an upper-class neighborhood, even as one of the sons and the maid are secretly wed.

Looks like big-budget MGM was responding to wartime audiences with this little programmer. It's decent enough, but can't sustain its comedic air for the 70-minute runtime. That's perhaps because director Dassin's instincts are really not comedic. Instead, he developed into one of the top noir directors of the period, e.g. Brute Force (1947), Thieves Highway (1949). Here, the comedic mood bounces around too often to sustain the format. Then too, writer Lennart has some serious class issues to work into the proceedings.

Nonetheless, it's a dynamite supporting cast, with a number of skillful comedic actors, including Main, Nelson, Joslyn, Weidler et al. Now, I like Richard Carlson, particularly when he's battling space aliens or communists, but a comedy actor, he ain't. Here, he's too stiff to complement the mood, unlike Hunt, for example. Overall, I can't help thinking a longer screenplay giving more time to support players like Main and Hamilton would have helped. But then, a longer runtime would have moved the movie out of the wartime double-bill status.

All in all, the movie components don't combine well enough to make a memorable whole, despite some genuinely promising moments.


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