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Undercover Maisie (1947)

Passed | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 1 March 1947 (USA)
Streetwise but kind-hearted Maisie Ravier has put her vaudeville life behind her, but not its associated outward good looks, flash and glamor. Trying to get to New York for a job, she ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Beaumont

Writers:

Thelma Robinson (story and screenplay), Wilson Collison (based on the character created by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Sothern ... Maisie Ravier
Barry Nelson ... Lt. Paul Scott
Mark Daniels ... Chip Dolan
Leon Ames ... Amor aka Willis Farnes
Clinton Sundberg ... Guy Canford
Dick Simmons ... Gilfred I. Rogers
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Captain Mead
Gloria Holden ... Mrs. Guy Canford
Douglas Fowley ... Daniels
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Andrew Lorrison
Meg Randall ... Viola Trengham (as Gene Roberts)
Celia Travers Celia Travers ... Isabelle
Morris Ankrum ... Parker (scenes deleted)
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Streetwise but kind-hearted Maisie Ravier has put her vaudeville life behind her, but not its associated outward good looks, flash and glamor. Trying to get to New York for a job, she instead gets stranded in Los Angeles literally with only the clothes on her back. Lt. Paul Scott of the LAPD bunco squad sees in Maisie what he believes would be assets to his team. Paul is eventually able to convince his boss, Captain Mead, that he is not interested in her on a romantic basis, and as such, Maisie is placed on the fast track program through the necessary training. During the training, Maisie learns that Paul is a hard-nosed, straight laced and outwardly unfeeling man, where she finds Officer Chip Dolan, who was formerly in bunco and is trying to get back into the squad, is more a kindred soul. If Maisie is able to make it through the training, she may get to work on the case of fortune teller who is swindling people out of vast sums of money, but not through the fortune readings in and ... Written by Huggo

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Undercover Girl See more »

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Budget:

$805,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Norfolk VA Wednesday 31 July 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3); it first aired in Philadelphia 15 August 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New Haven CT 29 August 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Lubbock TX 28 October 1957 on KCBD (Channel 11), in Honolulu 6 November 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Chicago 16 November 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), in Los Angeles 21 November 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), and in San Francisco 8 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). Maisie finally made it to New York City this time 5 February 1963 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

At the pistol range, on the rear-projection behind Maisie and Chip, the same shot of two policemen walking side-by-side in the door, then a man in a suit and hat walking out of the door is used twice. See more »

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Follows Maisie Gets Her Man (1942) See more »

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The final Maisie film is actually one of the better ones.
19 May 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In all her Maisie films, Maisie Ravier ends up trying some new career and meets and falls in love....and the viewer is left assuming she'll marry finally and settle down with him. But, when the next film came out, any mention of the old boyfriend and career is gone...and she's on to new career and romantic adventures. This final Maisie film starring Ann Southern is no different...and the viewer can only hope that FINALLY Maisie got her happily ever after.

Early in the story, Maisie has hitched a ride with a nice old woman...or so she thinks. But the old lady turns out to be a crook and robs her. When Maisie reports this to the police, the Lieutenant (Barry Nelson) is impressed with her ability to recall the woman, her car and other details. So, he has an idea....to hire Maisie and get her to join his Bunco unit. During the course of this, Maisie is wooed by both the Lieutenant and another officer named Chip.

Her first assignment involves a fake psychic. Little does she know that he has other criminal enterprises AND his partners are rather bloodthirsty and want to kill her when they discover Maisie is a cop! Can help come in time and will they recognize the clues Maisie's left along the way?

Entertaining but far from perfect. The biggest thing against the film is modern sensibilities which make the cops look like first class sexual harassers! Still worth seeing and fun.


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