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Personal Maid's Secret (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 26 October 1935 (USA)
A maid helps her employers climb the social ladder and has a secretive interest in one particular socialite.

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Lillie Hayward (screen play), F. Hugh Herbert (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margaret Lindsay ... Joan
Warren Hull ... Jimmy
Anita Louise ... Diana
Ruth Donnelly ... Lizzie
Arthur Treacher ... Owen
Frank Albertson ... Kent Fletcher
Henry O'Neill ... Mr. Wilton Palmer
Ronnie Cosby ... Bobby Smith
Bill Elliott ... Warren Sherrill (as Gordon Elliott)
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Storyline

Lizzie is a maid hired by an insurance salesman's wife and her family. Used to working for an upscale family, she makes suggestions which slowly increase their social standing and his business. But she has a secret interest in one particular socialite who gets involved with the family and a married man. Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Living Up to Lizzie See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The cabinet Warren opens in the darkened kitchen is a top-loading dishwasher - a style that was most common for the day when automatic dishwashers were relatively new and only the rich could afford them. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Palmer: I have a little boy about your age. Would you like to come and play with him someday?
Bobby Smith: Is he colored?
Mrs. Joan Smith: We had a colored servant once, and Bobby's enormously interested in the race.
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Soundtracks

About a Quarter to Nine
(1935)(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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Discretion Required
10 January 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Fourth-billed Ruth Donnelly is the subject of this ultra-short Warner B, as she ditches her old job - they never pay - for young couple Warren Hull and Margaret Lindsay. As a good household servant, she knows all the secrets but would never tell, except to fellow servant Arthur Treacher. By the end of the movie, we find out she has a couple of her own. She also pushes her employers to what seem to be extravagance, but turns out to be good advertising.

It times in at less than an hour and amuses, thanks to Warner Brother's fine stock company. It never sparkles; the dialogue is never more than sarcastic, and the direction by Arthur Grenville Collins in his first time handling the megaphone looks to maximize efficiency.

Ruth Donnelly was a longtime member of the Warner's stock company. Earlier she had been a favorite of George M. Cohan on stage. She played in some movie shorts in 1914, but didn't begin that phase of her career until 1931. Over the next 26 years, she appeared in almost ninety features. She died in 1982, aged 86.


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