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.
Maisie Was a Lady
Comedy / Drama
Maisie Was a Lady
Comedy / Drama
Showgirl Maisie Ravier finds herself once again out of work. She meets a wealthy playboy who hires her to be his family's new maid. Maisie soon finds herself trying to mend the family's many problems.
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January 31, 2021 at 12:45 AM