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Molly and Me (1945)

A vivacious actress needing work becomes a housekeeper for a crusty retired politician, and gives his life the shaking-up that it needs.

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Writers:

Frances Marion (novel), Roger Burford (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Gracie Fields ... Molly Barry
Monty Woolley ... John Graham
Roddy McDowall ... Jimmy Graham
Reginald Gardiner ... Harry Phillips / Peabody, the Butler
Natalie Schafer ... Kitty Goode-Burroughs
Edith Barrett ... Julia
Clifford Brooke Clifford Brooke ... Pops
Aminta Dyne Aminta Dyne ... Musette
Queenie Leonard ... Lily
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Graham
Patrick O'Moore Patrick O'Moore ... Ronnie
Lewis L. Russell Lewis L. Russell ... Sir Arthur Burroughs
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Storyline

Molly, an actress desperate for work, decides to get it by "playing the part" of an experienced housekeeper. It turns out that the butler at her new household is doing the same thing. Their employer, Mr. Graham, is a retired politician who, divorced from his wife and estranged from his son, lives alone with a staff of servants. Graham's life needs shaking up and, with her enthusiasm and acting talent, Molly is just the one to help him do it when the opportunity arises. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

PG
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1946 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Comediantes de Alcova See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Frances Marion wrote parts for Marie Dressler when she discovered Ms. Dressler down on her luck and ready to accept a housekeeping job. The novel, Molly, Bless Her, the basis of this film, was Marion's view of what might have happened if Dressler had accepted a job as housemaid. See more »

Soundtracks

Always Eat When You Are Hungry
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Traditional
Performed by Gracie Fields and Monty Woolley
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Long Live Optimism !!
23 September 2005 | by nicholas.rhodesSee all my reviews

This really is a film for those who appreciate a) filmed theatre and b) English humour c) optimism in adverse situations. The show is run by Gracie Fields erstwhile actress and singer from the north of England and who typifies the 'ee by gum accent ! A clan of out-of-work actors take over the running of a rich household but their profession remains unbeknown to the owner of the house. The staff already in place on Fields' arrival are summarily dismissed by her when she discovers that they have been "cooking" the books and indulging in illegal practices In addition to this the owner of the house has a son, played by Roddy McDowell, very young, who has a communication problem with his father -in fact, his mother ran away with another man whilst he was very young but he had always been led to believe that she had died.

The film is very optimistic and Fields is truly unflappable in when trying to deal with the various problematic situations that crop up. In the end the whole of the troop put in a splendid actors' performance in a bid to send packing Mr Graham's wife who suddenly turns up and demands money ! This fine episode brings a conclusion to a film well worth watching if you are lucky enough to see it scheduled !


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