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Maisie Was a Lady (1941)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 10 January 1941 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Elizabeth Reinhardt (screenplay) (as Betty Reinhardt), Mary C. McCall Jr. (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Sothern ... Maisie Ravier
Lew Ayres ... Bob Rawlston
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Abby Rawlston
C. Aubrey Smith ... Walpole
Joan Perry ... Diana Webley
Paul Cavanagh ... 'Cap' Rawlston
Edward Ashley ... Link Phillips
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rita Johnson ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
Henry O'Neill ... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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 <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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"Blonde Bonfire" Maisie is in Society Now!

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 January 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En flicka på halsen See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its initial telecast in Memphis Tuesday 9 July 1957 on WHBQ (Channel 13); it first aired in Los Angeles 25 July 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Chicago 21 September 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Lubbock TX 25 September 1957 on KCBD (Channel 11), in New Haven CT 6 October 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Honolulu 9 October 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Lebanon PA 20 October 1957 on WLBR (Channel 15), in Philadelphia 16 November 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Hartford CT 25 February 1958 on WHCT (Channel 18), in Seattle 17 May 1958 on KING (Channel 5), and in San Francisco 11 October 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); Maisie finally made it to New York City this time 10 November 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Link Phillips: [after its exposed he's only getting married for the money] Well what are you looking at?
Maisie Ravier, an alias of Mary Anastasia O'Connor: Nothing. I'm nearsighted... I can't see that far down
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Connections

Followed by Undercover Maisie (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Jingle Bells
(1857) (uncredited)
Written by James Pierpont (as J.S. Pierpont)
Sung a cappella by Lew Ayres and the 5 midgets
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Maureen O' Sullivan's Performance is A Treasure!
26 November 2007 | by Kind67See all my reviews

There are already a number of well-written reviews that explain the movie very well so I'm not going to give a full-fledged review here. What I will point out is how much I loved Maureen O'Sullivan's performance as Abigail in this film. She plays a woman that is so kind, sweet, and thoughtful--not to mention pretty that you want to take her home to marry your son. However, there is also a torment to the character's life because she feels unloved due to circumstances that are apparent when you see the film. Ms. O'Sullivan gives such a dramatic depth to her characterization and is so appealing that she really deserves an award. You just want to watch her over and over again. A captivating and brilliant performance in an important role in the film. Ann Sothern, C. Aubrey Smith, and Lew Ayres are wonderful, too, but I just can't say enough about Maureen O'Sullivan in this film.

The one other comment I will make is the last scene was quite disappointing to me and detracted somewhat from my enjoyment of the film but to discuss why would risk others not wanting to see the film and Maureen O'Sullivan's performance is definitely worth seeing and appreciating.


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