Service De Luxe (1938)

85-86 mins | Romantic comedy | 21 October 1938

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Service De Luxe marked the motion picture debut of actor Vincent Price (1911--1993). ...

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Service De Luxe marked the motion picture debut of actor Vincent Price (1911--1993).

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PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Oct 1938
p. 3
Film Daily
18 Oct 1938
p. 9
Hollywood Reporter
13 Oct 1938
p. 9
Hollywood Spectator
29 Oct 1938
pp. 11-12
Motion Picture Daily
18 Oct 1938
p. 13
Motion Picture Herald
29 Oct 1938
p. 44
New York Times
24 Oct 1938
p. 13
Variety
19 Oct 1938
p. 12
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Rowland V. Lee Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Leonard Spiegelgass
Scr
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Ted Kent
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
R. A. Gausman
Set dresser
COSTUMES
Miss Bennett's gowns by
Other gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
DETAILS
Release Date:
21 October 1938
Production Date:
began 1 Sep 1938
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Co.
17 October 1938
LP8353
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
85-86
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
4744
SYNOPSIS

The Dorothy Madison Company of New York City, headed by Helen Murphy, is a service that will solve any problem for its subscribers. One of Helen's main clients is Scott Robinson, an engineer and bridge builder. He wants to write a cook book, so Helen finds a chef, Babenko, to help him with his experiments. Robinson is so happy with Helen's work that he turns the management of his flighty daughter Audrey over to Dorothy Madison. Although the business is very successful, Helen has grown tired of bossing men around and would like to find a man with a mind of his own. While on a job to prevent a client's nephew, Robert Wade, from coming to New York, she mistakes another man for her target and falls in love with the real Bob, whose name she has not learned. Having spent a lifetime being bossed by his aunts, Bob is determined never to be under the thumb of any woman. Believing that his nephew has been dispatched by Helen, Bob's uncle is furious when Bob appears in his office and sends him off to Dorothy Madison, where Helen learns of her mistake. From behind the scenes, she asks Robinson to take a look at Bob's plans for an expensive tractor, and he is so pleased with them that he offers Bob space to work in his machine shop. Audrey is taken with Bob too, but he is in love with Helen, not realizing that she is the brains of Dorothy Madison. Meanwhile, Bob is tired of being organized by Dorothy Madison, especially when Helen, disguising her voice, calls to warn him against ...

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The Dorothy Madison Company of New York City, headed by Helen Murphy, is a service that will solve any problem for its subscribers. One of Helen's main clients is Scott Robinson, an engineer and bridge builder. He wants to write a cook book, so Helen finds a chef, Babenko, to help him with his experiments. Robinson is so happy with Helen's work that he turns the management of his flighty daughter Audrey over to Dorothy Madison. Although the business is very successful, Helen has grown tired of bossing men around and would like to find a man with a mind of his own. While on a job to prevent a client's nephew, Robert Wade, from coming to New York, she mistakes another man for her target and falls in love with the real Bob, whose name she has not learned. Having spent a lifetime being bossed by his aunts, Bob is determined never to be under the thumb of any woman. Believing that his nephew has been dispatched by Helen, Bob's uncle is furious when Bob appears in his office and sends him off to Dorothy Madison, where Helen learns of her mistake. From behind the scenes, she asks Robinson to take a look at Bob's plans for an expensive tractor, and he is so pleased with them that he offers Bob space to work in his machine shop. Audrey is taken with Bob too, but he is in love with Helen, not realizing that she is the brains of Dorothy Madison. Meanwhile, Bob is tired of being organized by Dorothy Madison, especially when Helen, disguising her voice, calls to warn him against Audrey. After Audrey mistakenly thinks that Bob has proposed to her, a delighted Robinson makes the announcement to Helen. Helen rushes to Bob's apartment and confesses that she is Dorothy Madison. Bob is so mad that he tells her he is going to marry Audrey after all. Completely unaware of Helen's relationship to Bob, Robinson asks for her help in planning the wedding. At the same time, Bob learns that Babenko is actually a Russian prince. Knowing of Audrey's interest in royalty, Bob tells her about Babenko's background. Things end happily when Audrey leaves Bob at the church to marry Babenko, and Bob marries Helen instead.

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