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Ringside Maisie (1941)

Young undefeated boxer Terry Dolan, who's been lying to his invalid mother about his career, confides to Maisie that he hates and is terrified by boxing and wants out. Not wanting to let ... See full summary »

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writer:

Mary C. McCall Jr. (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Sothern ... Maisie Ravier
George Murphy ... Skeets Maguire
Robert Sterling ... Terry Dolan
Virginia O'Brien ... Virginia O'Brien - Singer
Natalie Thompson Natalie Thompson ... Cecelia Reardon
Margaret Moffatt Margaret Moffatt ... Mrs. Dolan
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Chotsie
Jack La Rue ... Ricky Du Prez
Rags Ragland ... Vic (as 'Rags' Ragland)
Oscar O'Shea ... Conductor
John Indrisano John Indrisano ... Peaches
Roy Lester Roy Lester ... Jitterbug
Eddie Lou Simms Eddie Lou Simms ... Jackie-Boy Duffy (as Eddie Simms)
Jonathan Hale ... Dr. Kramer
Purnell Pratt ... Dr. Taylor
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Storyline

Young undefeated boxer Terry Dolan, who's been lying to his invalid mother about his career, confides to Maisie that he hates and is terrified by boxing and wants out. Not wanting to let down his best friend and manager Skeets Maguire, who has hopes of him becoming the next champion, he is reluctant to bring up the subject with him. Maisie convinces Terry to tell Skeets, whose unexpected reaction induces him to step into the ring again. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Maisie Wins Again in a Knockout Fun Show!

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Comedy | Drama | Romance | Sport

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cash and Carry Maisie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The famous boxing figure Mickey Duffy (real name-Monek Prager) based his name on the character Jackie Boy Duffy. See more »

Connections

Followed by Maisie Gets Her Man (1942) See more »

Soundtracks

A Bird in a Gilded Cage
(uncredited)
Music by Harry von Tilzer (1900)
Lyrics by Arthur J. Lamb
Sung by Virginia O'Brien at the Shady Lawn Hotel
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"They don't come any better."
22 December 2008 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

An intelligent script and very likable characters played by superb actors, including especially the adorable Ann Sothern, combine to make this an excellent movie.

Even if it's not perfect, it's excellent.

Maisie gets a chance to demonstrate her own character, her strength, her determination. One speech to a certain cynic gives us a chance to cheer -- literally cheer -- this gutsy and decent young woman who gets knocked down because she is decent.

But, like a champion boxer, she keeps getting up.

Hollywood had an unfortunate tendency to cast flabby or, well, let's say "underdeveloped" men as "heavyweight" boxers, such as Stu Irwin or, in this case, Robert Sterling, an otherwise good actor, and a good-looking leading man.

But he's no Sylvester Stallone.

In this boxing movie, Hollywood didn't make the mistake it did in "Cinderella Man," in which a real-life boxer's character was slimed in order to make a dramatic point.

Of course there's conflict, or it wouldn't be drama, but there are no two-dimensional straw-man villains.

Instead there are real people, with their own goals and dreams, trying to fit into the real world, trying to get ahead within the context of what seemed possible, and to do it while remaining decent and true to themselves.

Ann Sothern just outdid herself in this, a role that gave her a chance to show strength as well as charm.

The rest of the cast, from "Slapsie Maxie" Rosenbloom, in one of his best roles, to Margaret Moffatt and John Indrisano, the latter two pretty unknown today, to the great George Murphy, were just super.

Honest: You ought to see this one.


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