Ringside Maisie (1941)

95-96 mins | Comedy | 1 August 1941

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Producer:

J. Walter Ruben

Cinematographer:

Charles Lawton

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

According to HR news items, actor John Shelton was originally scheduled to co-star in the film. Ringside Maisie was director Edwin L. Marin's last M-G-M contract picture after seven years with the studio. The remainder of Marin's career was spent at various studios. HR production charts include Florence Bates in the cast, but she was not in the released film. Ringside Maisie marked the motion picture debut of actor "Rags" Ragland, who had recently become well-known due to his success in the stage version of the musical Panama Hattie . According to news items, M-G-M brought Ragland to Hollywood to re-create his role in the film version of the musical, but placed him in other pictures first when production of Panama Hattie was delayed until 1942 (see above). He spent his entire motion picture career at M-G-M. His last picture was The Hoodlum Saint , released in 1946, the year of his death, (see above).
       Actress Ann Sothern and actor Robert Sterling were married from 1943 to 1949. This was their only film together. Actor Purnell Pratt, who portrayed "Dr. Taylor" in the film, died in late Jul 1941. It is unclear whether Ringside Maisie or Life Begins for Andy Hardy (released on 15 Aug 1941, see above), which were shot simultaneously, was his last completed film. Ringside Maisie was the fifth picture in the Maisie series. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see entry for Maisie in ( AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

According to HR news items, actor John Shelton was originally scheduled to co-star in the film. Ringside Maisie was director Edwin L. Marin's last M-G-M contract picture after seven years with the studio. The remainder of Marin's career was spent at various studios. HR production charts include Florence Bates in the cast, but she was not in the released film. Ringside Maisie marked the motion picture debut of actor "Rags" Ragland, who had recently become well-known due to his success in the stage version of the musical Panama Hattie . According to news items, M-G-M brought Ragland to Hollywood to re-create his role in the film version of the musical, but placed him in other pictures first when production of Panama Hattie was delayed until 1942 (see above). He spent his entire motion picture career at M-G-M. His last picture was The Hoodlum Saint , released in 1946, the year of his death, (see above).
       Actress Ann Sothern and actor Robert Sterling were married from 1943 to 1949. This was their only film together. Actor Purnell Pratt, who portrayed "Dr. Taylor" in the film, died in late Jul 1941. It is unclear whether Ringside Maisie or Life Begins for Andy Hardy (released on 15 Aug 1941, see above), which were shot simultaneously, was his last completed film. Ringside Maisie was the fifth picture in the Maisie series. For additional information on the series, consult the Series Index and see entry for Maisie in ( AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.2662. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Aug 41
p. 392.
Box Office
2 Aug 1941.
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Daily Variety
23 Jul 1941.
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Film Daily
23 Jul 41
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
6 May 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
23 May 41
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jun 41
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jun 41
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jul 41
p. 5.
Motion Picture Herald
26 Jul 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
12 Jul 41
p. 182.
New York Times
1 Aug 41
p. 11.
Variety
30 Jul 41
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
DANCE
Instructor to Ann Sothern for Jitterbug number
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Wilson Collison.
SONGS
"A Bird in a Gilded Cage," words by Arthur J. Lamb, music by Harry Von Tilzer.
DETAILS
Series:
Release Date:
1 August 1941
Production Date:
20 May--late June 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
29 July 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10671
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
95-96
Length(in feet):
8,542
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7474
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

When fed-up New York taxi dancer Maisie Ravier quits her job, she is offered a real dancing job in the Adirondacks. Because she cannot afford to buy a ticket, Maisie sneaks onto a train, but is thrown off fifteen miles from her hotel. While she is walking, Maisie encounters boxer Terry Dolan, who fights under the name "Young O'Hara." The kind Terry offers Maisie a ride to the hotel. but when they first stop at his training camp, they incur the ire of his manager, Skeets Maguire, who trades insults with the feisty dancer. That evening, Maisie encounters more trouble when her amorous partner, Ricky Du Prez, fires her for rejecting his advances. Terry, his girl friend Cecelia Reardon and Skeets are dining at the hotel and Terry offers to drive her back to New York when he takes "Cissy" home. Privately, Skeets, who is very protective of Terry, infuriates Maisie when he accuses her of being a gold digger. The next day, on the way to New York, Terry tells her that Skeets acts tough but is really all heart and supported Terry's wheelchair-bound mother, who thinks her son is a salesman, long before the boxing started paying off. They stop for a visit at Mrs. Dolan's and when Terry sees how much his mother likes Maisie, he offers her a job as his mother's companion. Two weeks later, Maisie and Cissy attend Terry's next fight, and Skeets is very friendly toward Maisie. After the fight, which Terry wins by a knockout, Maisie and Skeets "bury the hatchet" and go dancing. At home, when Maisie congratulates Terry, he confesses that he hates boxing ... +


When fed-up New York taxi dancer Maisie Ravier quits her job, she is offered a real dancing job in the Adirondacks. Because she cannot afford to buy a ticket, Maisie sneaks onto a train, but is thrown off fifteen miles from her hotel. While she is walking, Maisie encounters boxer Terry Dolan, who fights under the name "Young O'Hara." The kind Terry offers Maisie a ride to the hotel. but when they first stop at his training camp, they incur the ire of his manager, Skeets Maguire, who trades insults with the feisty dancer. That evening, Maisie encounters more trouble when her amorous partner, Ricky Du Prez, fires her for rejecting his advances. Terry, his girl friend Cecelia Reardon and Skeets are dining at the hotel and Terry offers to drive her back to New York when he takes "Cissy" home. Privately, Skeets, who is very protective of Terry, infuriates Maisie when he accuses her of being a gold digger. The next day, on the way to New York, Terry tells her that Skeets acts tough but is really all heart and supported Terry's wheelchair-bound mother, who thinks her son is a salesman, long before the boxing started paying off. They stop for a visit at Mrs. Dolan's and when Terry sees how much his mother likes Maisie, he offers her a job as his mother's companion. Two weeks later, Maisie and Cissy attend Terry's next fight, and Skeets is very friendly toward Maisie. After the fight, which Terry wins by a knockout, Maisie and Skeets "bury the hatchet" and go dancing. At home, when Maisie congratulates Terry, he confesses that he hates boxing and would like to quit after his next fight, then buy back the grocery store his mother lost. When he says that he cannot quit because of his contract with Skeets, she assures him that Skeets will understand. Two months later, Terry tries to tell Skeets how he feels, but Skeets misunderstands and thinks Terry is trying to thank him. On the night of Terry's next fight, Maisie tells Mrs. Dolan that Terry will soon be quitting "sales" and coming home to buy a grocery store. Terry easily wins the fight, and after talking with Maisie, finally is able to tell Skeets that he wants to quit boxing. Skeets feels betrayed and threatens to ruin him if Terry does not honor their contract. Even Maisie cannot change Skeets's mind, and he and Terry remain at odds during training for the next match. During his fight, Terry doesn't seem to have his old spark and takes a terrible beating. Skeets, who at first thinks that Terry is deliberately holding back, won't stop the fight, despite Maisie's pleadings. Terry is knocked out cold in the sixth round and in his dressing room, they discover that he is blind. Maisie then lashes out at Skeets, who feels terrible. Cissy is also chastised by Maisie when she admits that she needs someone to take care of her and cannot bear the thought of having to care for a blindman. Later, Mrs. Dolan, who learns of Terry's sacrifices from Maisie, visits him in the hospital and is told that his blindness might be cured by an operation to relieve pressure on the brain. Mrs. Dolan then tells Terry to use his money for the operation and forget about the grocery store. After the operation, which is a success, Maisie learns from one of the doctors that Skeets chartered a plane to bring a specialist down from Boston and that he is planning to set Terry up in the grocery business. Maisie then rushes to Skeets's hotel and they embrace. +

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