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Secrets of an Actress (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 10 September 1938 (USA)
Two architects lose their heads over a glamorous actress.

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Milton Krims (original screenplay), Rowland Leigh (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Fay Carter
George Brent ... Dick Orr
Ian Hunter ... Peter Snowden
Gloria Dickson ... Carla Orr
Isabel Jeans ... Marian Plantagenet
Penny Singleton ... Miss Reid
Dennie Moore ... Miss Blackstone
Selmer Jackson ... Thompson
Herbert Rawlinson ... Harrison
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Spencer (as Emmet Vogan)
James B. Carson James B. Carson ... Carstairs
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Storyline

Two architects lose their heads over a glamorous actress.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lovely Lady See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fay's apartment rent of $150 per month would equate to nearly $2,570 in 2016 - still a bargain for a New York City apartment of that size and quality. See more »

Goofs

At the opening night of Fay's play "Springboard", pages from the program are shown to indicate the play's progress. The one for the second act reads: "Springboard, Act II, Interior Fay Carter's living room, next day." Fay Carter is the *actress*. Unless the character has the same name as the star, this was an error. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits show a woman's hands opening a locked diary, which when opened, displays the credits as the pages are flipped. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Please Be Kind
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Saul Chaplin
Played while Fran and Dick go over figures at lunch
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Look Again
15 December 2016 | by marciakmirageSee all my reviews

In light of some pretty corny stuff from "way back when" AND from 2016, this film took me by surprise! Kay Francis, whom I'd never thought of as attractive, was absolutely gorgeous, and the costuming (not mentioned in any user review here) is fabulous. And so was the way she wore them. She played a strong, ambitious woman -- thank you, screen writers -- who ultimately got what she wanted (a rarity in those days: it wasn't a husband), and succeeded because she was smart w/out being hard, charming w/o being silly, and a fine actress in the opening "audition" scene. The pace was terrific, plus I kept finding myself laughing out loud -- not at the dated girlfriend's routines (ugh -- annoyingly overacted and hammy) but by the unexpected frequent quips in the repartee, particularly between the two main male characters; 'I'll send you an icicle from Norway" instead of "I'll send you a postcard?" Continually unexpected and original, and for those days, realistically acted. My 9 instead of 10: the point I deducted was for the Plantaganet gal's hamming.Low key makes plot points & fits a team's acting. Timing is everything -- the film is well paced,and delightful. And Francis has chops! Looking back, ahead of its time in acting style AND clothing.


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