A 1920s flapper who haunts her old house possesses a dull housewife who just moved in. Hilarity ensues.

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When Nick and Jan move into their new apartment in San Francisco, the batty landlady upstairs tells them about a girl who used to live there in the 20's: a brash young party girl named Maxie, who died in a car crash the morning before her big audition for a Hollywood studio. The trouble is, Maxie, or rather her ghost, hasn't left the house. Worse, she can take over Jan's body. And the only way she's going to leave is if she gets that audition. Written by Kathy Li

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27 September 1985 (USA)  »

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The silent film clip of the young Maxie was actually a clip of Carole Lombard future wife of Clark Gable. See more »

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In his classic car, Nick makes a hand signal for a left-turn. He then promptly turns right to get in front of his apartment and pull into the garage. See more »

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Jan: Funny guy. Reminds me of Fatty Arbuckle.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Hooray for Hollywood
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Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
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Throughly Modern, too.
26 February 2004 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This a lovely romantic film that was tossed away on first release and is well worth tracking and enjoying. I saw it on a double feature (and it screened first) with DESPERATELY SEEKING SUSAN and the audience were clearly annoyed when MAXIE started. They wanted the Madonna film. Within ten minutes it was clear we had been served a delicious appetiser. Within half and hour there was obvious surprise, and by the time 90 mins had passed we had all forgotten about Madonna. When intermission arrived, the crowd was buzzing with sheer delight at this wonderful timeless discovery and the audience went into SUSAN in such a good mood it played like funniest movie ever made. Add MAXIE to your list of 'must see' films. It the sort of small and rewarding film that causes a person at a party to scream with the thrill of meeting someone who has also seen it.


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