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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 »

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Complete credited cast:
... Maisie Ravier
... Bob Rawlston
... Abby Rawlston
... Walpole
... Diana Webley
... 'Cap' Rawlston
... Link Phillips
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... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
... Undetermined Secondary Role (scenes deleted)
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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!

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Comedy | Drama

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10 January 1941 (USA)  »

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En flicka på halsen  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 24, 1941 with Ann Sothern, Lew Ayres and Maureen O'Sullivan reprising their film roles. 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

Motorcycle Policeman: [riding next to Maisie who is driving a convertible] Pull Over.
Maisie Ravier, an alias of Mary Anastasia O'Connor: Look Officer, I'm in kind of a hurry... so if you're lonesome and want to talk can't we just ride along like this?
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Follows Gold Rush Maisie (1940) 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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Worth the Time
25 January 2005 | by See all my reviews

A surprisingly strong entry in the long-running Maisie series, this one features a fairly standard plot but strong performances from Lew Ayres and Maureen O'Sullivan. Maisie, through a an accumulation of mildly amusing circumstances, ends up as maid at a typical home of the idle (but troubled) rich. But why is the young man of th house (Lew Ayres) in a constant state of not-very-amusing intoxication? And why is Maureen O'Sullivan so neurotic, unhappy, and about to marry a pretty obvious fortune-hunter? And can Maisie save this household, or will she abandon the job in utter disgust? Watch the movie. None of the answers will surprise you that much, but Ayes' performance here is a standout, and Ann Southern's Maisie is a whole lot better than usual in the dramatic scenes. (It's permissible to fast forward through the heartwarming comic ones)


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