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The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 26 October 1939 (USA)
Movie opens with a murder involving gangster. Gangster's girl goes to stay with mother. Mother is the housekeeper for upper class family with an attractive son. Family returns early from ... See full summary »

Director:

Hal Roach

Writers:

Rian James (screen play), Gordon Douglas (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Bennett ... Hilda
Adolphe Menjou ... Deakon Maxwell
John Hubbard ... Robert Randall
William Gargan ... Ed O'Malley
George E. Stone ... Screw-Loose Benny
Peggy Wood ... Olga
Donald Meek ... Editor Wilson
Marc Lawrence ... Floyd
Lilian Bond ... Gladys
Victor Mature ... Lefty
John Hyams ... Professor Randall
Leila McIntyre Leila McIntyre ... Mrs. Randall
Luis Alberni ... Veroni
Rosina Galli Rosina Galli ... Mrs. Veroni
Tom Dugan ... Gangster
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Movie opens with a murder involving gangster. Gangster's girl goes to stay with mother. Mother is the housekeeper for upper class family with an attractive son. Family returns early from vacation. Gangster's gang follows girl to house, police follow. Comedy ensures.

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THE HOWLING HIT THAT HAS AMERICA IN STITCHES! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

When the film was re-released in 1946, the name of Victor Mature , who was by then riding the crest of his popularity, was raised from 7th credited position, where it originally began, to co-starring position opposite that of leading lady Joan Bennett, even though he had a decidedly secondary role. See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Hummed by Adolphe Menjou
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Joan Bennett Shows Some Leg
15 August 2007 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Joan Bennett is tempting as "The Housekeeper's Daughter". Ms. Bennett is given some great lines, fine direction (Hal Roach), and neat things to do - like putting those thigh bells on! She has a past, which comes back to haunt... she was involved with Victor Mature and a bunch of gangsters. Bennett desires the son in the house she tends, and he is a reporter working on a crime which begins to involve Bennett's past life. There is an interesting accidental "Houseboat Murder" to solve. Adolphe Menjou and William Gargan are okay as a couple of reporters. Overall, I found the "slapstick" is often more annoying than enjoying.

"Benny" makes a mean cup of coffee.

**** The Housekeeper's Daughter (10/26/39) Hal Roach ~ Joan Bennett, Adolphe Menjou, William Gargan


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Criada para Amar See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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