7.0/10
221
9 user 1 critic

Play Girl (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 7 March 1941 (USA)
The fascinating Grace Herbert has many years' experience as a professional gold-digger. Her finances at a low ebb, she finds her mature beauty less effective than of yore, and takes on ... See full summary »

Director:

Frank Woodruff

Writers:

Jerome Cady (story), Jerome Cady (screenplay) (as Jerry Cady)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Keyhole (1933)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Anne Brooks is being blackmailed by her old dancing partner Maurice. They married when she was young but broke up after which he said he was getting a quickie divorce. Anne married the much... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Kay Francis, George Brent, Glenda Farrell
Wife Wanted (1946)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Career-slipping movie star Carole Raymond (Kay Francis) buys in as a real estate partner of Jeff Caldwell (Paul Cavanagh). Actually, through his secretary, Nola Reed (Veda Ann Borg), ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Kay Francis, Paul Cavanagh, Robert Shayne
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A look at the life of Florence Nightingale.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Kay Francis, Ian Hunter, Donald Woods
Divorce (1945)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A woman who has been married and divorced five times comes back to her small hometown, where she proceeds to complicate, and potentially destroy, the marriage of her childhood boyfriend.

Director: William Nigh
Stars: Kay Francis, Bruce Cabot, Helen Mack
Romance | Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a dancer disappears from a theater, her former lover asks lawyer Clay Dalzell to investigate, leading him on a trail of murder and deception.

Director: Stephen Roberts
Stars: William Powell, Ginger Rogers, Paul Kelly
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Jim and Walter are two brother sailors in the United States Navy. Walter tells Jim as soon as they get home he is going to ask his beautiful girlfriend, Nancy Larkin to marry him. But Jim ... See full summary »

Director: Elliott Nugent
Stars: Martha Raye, Bob Hope, Betty Grable
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An investigator for the district attorney and his amateur-sleuth wife compete to solve a murder mystery.

Director: Alexander Hall
Stars: Joan Blondell, Melvyn Douglas, Mary Astor
British Agent (1934)
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

It's 1917. In Russia, the Communist revolution is in full swing. Stephen 'Steve' Locke is a British agent in Russia. The main task of Steve is to prevent the Bolsheviks, led by Joseph ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: Leslie Howard, Kay Francis, William Gargan
The 9th Guest (1934)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Eight strangers are invited to spend the night in a penthouse apartment. After being wined and dined, a voice on the radio informs them that they will be murdered unless they manage to outwit the ninth guest: Death.

Director: Roy William Neill
Stars: Donald Cook, Genevieve Tobin, Hardie Albright
Certificate: Passed Romance | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A wealthy business man, out of touch with real folks, decides to mingle and see what it is really all about.

Director: Edward Buzzell
Stars: Robert Young, Frank Morgan, Mary Astor
Smarty (1934)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Vicki Wallace (Joan Blondell) takes great pleasure in teasing her husband,Tony Wallace (Warren William), who takes no pleasure at all in being teased and it isn't long before he ups and ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Florey
Stars: Joan Blondell, Warren William, Edward Everett Horton
5th Ave Girl (1939)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Feeling unwanted by his wife and children, a wealthy industrialist hires an unemployed young woman to pose as his mistress.

Director: Gregory La Cava
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Walter Connolly, Verree Teasdale
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Grace Herbert
James Ellison ... Thomas Elwood Dice
Mildred Coles ... Ellen Daley
Nigel Bruce ... William McDonald Vincent
Margaret Hamilton ... Josie
Katharine Alexander ... Mrs. Dice
G.P. Huntley G.P. Huntley ... Van Payson (as George P. Huntley)
Kane Richmond ... Don Shawhan
Stanley Andrews ... Joseph Shawhan
Selmer Jackson ... Fred Dice
Marek Windheim Marek Windheim ... Dr. Alonso Corivini
Edit

Storyline

The fascinating Grace Herbert has many years' experience as a professional gold-digger. Her finances at a low ebb, she finds her mature beauty less effective than of yore, and takes on impoverished 19-year-old Ellen Daley as an apprentice: "between your youth and my spirit, we can do it." The initially reluctant Ellen soon gets the hang of it. But after the cowboy she falls for proves to be a wealthy rancher, she feels an odd reluctance to mix business with pleasure... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

She put the P-A-Y in PLAY! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mulheres de Luxo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Grace Herbert: You know, Josie, it's a funny thing about men. At 16, they're crazy about girls of 19. At 25, they want girls their own age. At 30, they'll settle for a girl of 25. And at 40, they're right straight back where they started: chasing the 19-year-olds. What's a gal to do when she's past 30?
See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on different types of signs and cards; a couple are tags included in jewelry boxes, some are sign boards and poster boards for various plays and shows. See more »

Soundtracks

Sonata No.14 in C#-, Op.27 No.2 (Moonlight Sonata)
(1801) (uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Excerpt played on piano by Kay Francis
Reprised on piano by Mildred Coles
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Kind of fun
15 March 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Kay Francis is a "Play Girl" in this 1941 film that was yet another attempt by Warner Bros. to get rid of the expensive Francis, though none of their ploys worked. Here, they've lent her to another studio, RKO.

Francis plays Grace Herbert, a woman who has lived her life as a gold-digger, except now she's getting too old to dig and no one wants to give her any gold. She meets a young woman, Mildred (Ellen Daley) and teaches her the gold-digging game, with the idea that the young woman will actually get married to someone wealthy, something that Grace never did. But Mildred's conscience takes a hit.

One of the best things about this film is that one of the marks is a rich guy from Chicago, played by the very British Nigel Bruce. Just goes to show you the attention paid to the casting.

It's not a great film, but Francis makes it more than palatable, and it's a pleasant way to pass the time. Worth seeing for Francis.


11 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Comedy Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular comedy titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed