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Molly and Me (1945)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 21 October 1946 (Portugal)
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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Comedy | Musical

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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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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

She Was Poor But She Was Honest
(uncredited)
Music by R.P. Weston
Lyrics by Bert Lee
Sung by the delivery boy
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Simple and enjoyable
9 March 2011 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I noticed when I looked through IMDb that there were two previous movies with the same title. I would assume this 1945 film is a remake, but IMDb doesn't give this information. I do know that there are no reviews for these earlier films and this probably is because the films have been lost to the ravages of time--a common occurrence with early films made on nitrate stock.

Molly is an out of work actress from the London music hall world. Because she needs the job, she uses her acting talent to play the part of a housekeeper and manages to captivate the gruff new master as well as his young and rather lost son. Using Molly's gift for common-sense and pluck, she manages to do a bang-up job--and makes this house truly a home.

This is the second time I've seen this version of "Molly and Me" and I do remember liking it a bit more the first time. Now it isn't that I disliked the movie seeing it again--I just noticed a shortcoming in the tempo of the film when I watched it tonight. I see now that Monty Woolley's gruff character goes from a curmudgeon to a nice guy way too quickly in the film. I think doing the transition a bit more slowly and a bit more realistically would have made for an even better film. BUT, it's hard to fault the movie too much, as it's a pleasant little musical comedy--a sweet sort of film they just don't make any more but that they made so well back in the old days. Plus, Gracies Fields and Woolley were both so marvelous--as were the supporting actors (especially Reginald Gardner). It's hard not to like this nice little film.


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