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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.

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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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Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1946 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Comediantes de Alcova See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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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 »

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The Sailor's Hornpipe
(uncredited)
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Played when the monkey dances
Whistled later in the picture
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Their Greatest Engagement
20 October 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Probably the United Kingdom's most popular entertainer during the Thirties was Gracie Fields. She came over to the USA in the early Forties partly as a hands across the sea goodwill gesture and partly because of a scandal involving her new husband Monty Banks, real name Bianchini. Italians were not real popular over in the UK then, they were as bad as Germans, they never reached that degree of odiousness in the USA during World War II as Germans or Japanese.

In any event the American movie-going public got a real treat to see what our allies on the other side of the pond had been seeing for years. Molly And Me is very typical of the kind of character Fields did over there, the bright and chirpy working class woman with an every ready smile and song who solves everyone's problems. I only wish her work were more available here.

In any event out of work actress Gracie takes a job as a housekeeper for the rich and stuffy Monty Woolley who is expecting his son Roddy McDowall home. He and McDowall are distant from each other and while he's told Roddy that mother is dead, she in the person of Doris Lloyd is very much alive and living a sleazy life, divorced from Woolley. Monty wants to keep Lloyd away from their son.

When she arrives there after being hired by Reginald Gardiner the butler who is also a former thespian, Fields finds wholesale thievery among the staff and sacks the lot of them. She then hires a bunch of her former mates from the stock company she was with. Let's just say a whole lot of problems are solved before the film ends.

Gracie got to work with a few members of the British colony in America in Molly And Me. Yet the film from 20th Century Fox really did have the look and feel of one of her British films.

Despite good performances from Woolley, McDowall, and Gardiner, Molly And Me is totally a Gracie Fields production. I'm just glad this is available for American audiences. Do not miss this or any other of her work should TCM broadcast it.


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