Maisie Was a Lady

1941

Comedy / Drama

2
IMDb Rating 6.8 10 476

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Will Wright as Judge Thatcher
Hillary Brooke as House Guest
Lew Ayres as Bob Rawlston
Hans Conried as Georgie Porgie - House Guest
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by jotix100 7 / 10

Maisie, society girl

Maisie Ravier is an earthy young woman with a lot to offer. When we first meet her, she is part of a circus attraction and is playing the role of the 'headless woman'. When a drunk playboy, Robert Rawlston, who is watching the act, he decides to tickle the 'headless' person that is seated on the stage. Maisie raises from behind the covering that hides her upper body and causes a riot. As a result, she is fired, but she doesn't go without making a stink to the cruel rich boy that made her lose her job.

When he offers her his car to take her back home, she is stopped on the road by an inquiring policeman who demands to see her license and ownership of the car, since he realize it belongs to the rich Rawlsons. Maisie, is taken to jail, but Bob returns to face the judge who sentences him to find employment for Maisie. He suddenly has the brilliant idea to offer her a job as a maid in his richly appointed estate.

As she arrives, Maisie realizes she has gotten more than what she bargained for. Walpole, the butler, while being kind, reminds Maisie she is wearing too much jewelry and even her shoes are wrong. She makes a friend when Miss Abigail, Bob's sister, takes her under her wing. Abigail, who is Link Phillips' fiancée, is an unhappy society girl. Her brother is a drunk and her father keeps traveling all over the world without paying much attention to her. As a way to make up for his lack of affection, the father, Cap Rawlston, sends Abigail expensive jewelry she never wears, as a sort of consolation.

Maisie is in the middle of things as Abigail breaks with Link, who he realizes has been deceiving her with Diane, one of her friends. Abigail, who sees all the goodness in Maisie, wants her to become her companion. Cap Rawlston, who has been summoned after Abigail suffers the setback, also realizes Maisie is the real thing. Maisie, who has fallen for Bob, is reminded by Walpole of her social status and because a rich young man is expected to marry a woman of his own circle. She flees, and it doesn't take too long for Bob to come find her in the burlesque show where she is now working.

Edwin Marin is the director of this fine comedy that reminds us how little does money has to do with happiness, a constant theme for the movies of the era. The screen play by Mary McCall is enjoyable as it mixes the life of a poor, but happy girl, with these society types that have a lot of money, but aren't as happy.

Ann Sothern is perfect as Maisie, a winning character she played in about ten films where the stories were tailor made for her to shine. Lew Ayres, who at first feels wrong for the role of Bob, overcomes the initial awkwardness to become a caring man that gets to appreciate the young woman of another class. Maureen O'Sullivan plays the sweet Abigail with her usual charm; she is a delightful presence in the movie. C. Aubrey Smith appears as Walpole, the crusty old butler that has seen a lot. Joan Perry has some good moments and Edward Ashley plays Link.

The film will not disappoint. Maisie is an unforgettable character that was made to come alive by the talented Ann Sothern.

Reviewed by Ron Oliver 10 / 10

Sothern Sizzles

Our MAISIE WAS A LADY, or at least took care of one after going to work for two very wealthy siblings.

In this, the fourth entry in the Maisie series (1939-1947), lovable Ann Sothern continues to shine as the brassy showgirl who uses her innate decency and good old common sense to see her - and those around her - through life's rough patches. Although the film can boast of good production values and a fine supporting cast, Sothern remains the primary reason to watch.

Lovelorn Maureen O'Sullivan and alcoholic Lew Ayres are the sister & brother in need of Maisie's not-so-gentle ministrations. Paul Cavanagh, as their too-often-absent father, does well with his few scenes. Ushering in some unexpectedly serious sequences, Edward Ashley as O'Sullivan's caddish boyfriend, and pretty Joan Perry as his jilted lover, give the film a raw edge often missing in most comedies.

Best of all is wonderful Sir C. Aubrey Smith as the family's elderly, kindhearted butler. In a role which could have been rather insignificant in lesser hands, the old gentleman works a gentle magic with his lines and turns his part into one of the film's highlights.

Movie mavens will recognize Billy Curtis & Jerry Maren as two of the carnival's Little People, and Hans Conried as one of the silly house guests.

Reviewed by aimless-46 8 / 10

Nicely Done-Very Funny with a Lot of Charm

"Maisie Was A Lady" is an undiscovered comedic gem from 1941. It is not quite as humorous as "Bringing Up Baby" or "It Happened One Night" because it is more ambitious-injecting a fair amount of social commentary into the story in place of additional comedy elements. About the only explanation for its obscurity is its association with the less than overwhelming "Maisie" series.

"Maisie Was a Lady" is the fourth film in the series; each story being completely unrelated (like episodes of "The Three Stooges") and linked only by the title character, a part that Sothern specialized in portraying.

"Maisie Was a Lady" transcends the other films in the series in part because the formula had been debugged by that point yet had not yet exhausted story ideas. More important, Sothern was finally given a strong supporting cast for this one; Lew Ayres as the disillusioned rich kid, Maureen O'Sullivan as his vulnerable sister, and C. Aubrey Smith as the family's very proper but kindhearted butler. All four actors give quite possibly the best performances of their careers, at least in part due to the perfect physical casting. All four parts (especially the Ayres and O'Sullivan characters) require extensive behavioral elements to enhance the characterizations, and they manage this quite deftly.

The film begins with drunken Bob Rawlston (Ayres) heckling Maisie Ravier (Sothern) while she is working as the headless woman in a carnival sideshow. When his antics destroy the illusion Maisie loses her job. She borrows Bob's car to get home but is pulled over by the police and spends the night in jail. Maisie get off her best line when she tells the cop that she knows a pinhead in the carnival and wonders why he never mentioned having a son on the police force.

In court the next morning a sympathetic judge orders Bob to give Maisie a job for two months, at the salary she was receiving with the carnival. When sober, Bob is a really nice guy and he makes her a maid in his mansion, under the kind direction of his butler Walpole (C. Aubrey Smith). Bob's sister Abby (O'Sullivan) is also very nice. They have been neglected by their globe-trotting father, Abby has accumulated a collection of unwanted jewelry-sent to her each time her father misses a special occasion. Maisie arrives on the eve of Abby's engagement party and quickly catches onto the true nature of her fiancée Link Phillips (Edward Ashley).

Abby is devastated when she receives yet another piece of jewelry in the mail, meaning that her father is not planning to attend the party. This is compounded by revelations about Link's real reason for wanting to marry her. O'Sullivan's performance as the vulnerable and insecure (yet very likable) Abby is especially convincing and should bring out the protective instincts in all viewers.

All in all a nice little film, with excellent performances from the entire ensemble.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.

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