Maisie (1939)

72 mins | Drama | 22 June 1939

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writer:

Mary McCall Jr.

Producer:

J. Walter Ruben

Cinematographer:

Leonard Smith

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The working titles of this picture were Maisie Was A Lady and Broadway to Wyoming . A news item in HR notes that the picture was shot on location near Chatsworth, CA. This was the first picture in M-G-M's "Maisie" series. The series, based on a character created by Wilson Collison and starring Ann Sothern as a brassy showgirl, consisted of ten films produced by M-G-M from 1939-1947. The last film in the series was Undercover Maisie . Sothern also starred in the CBS radio series Maisie , which began in 1945. For additional information about the series, consult the Series ... More Less

The working titles of this picture were Maisie Was A Lady and Broadway to Wyoming . A news item in HR notes that the picture was shot on location near Chatsworth, CA. This was the first picture in M-G-M's "Maisie" series. The series, based on a character created by Wilson Collison and starring Ann Sothern as a brassy showgirl, consisted of ten films produced by M-G-M from 1939-1947. The last film in the series was Undercover Maisie . Sothern also starred in the CBS radio series Maisie , which began in 1945. For additional information about the series, consult the Series Index. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
1 Jun 39
p. 3.
Film Daily
7 Jun 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Apr 39
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Apr 39
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jun 39
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
7 Jun 39
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
29 Apr 39
p. 40.
Motion Picture Herald
1 Jul 39
pp. 44-45.
New York Times
23 Jun 39
p. 23.
Variety
7 Jun 39
p. 4.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Women's ward
Men's ward
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Dark Dame by Wilson Collison (New York, 1935).
DETAILS
Series:
Alternate Titles:
Maisie Was a Lady
Broadway to Wyoming
Release Date:
22 June 1939
Production Date:
began 3 April 1939
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
5 June 1939
Copyright Number:
LP8907
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72
Country:
United States
PCA No:
5307
SYNOPSIS

Maisie Ravier, a spitfire from the vaudeville circuit, is stranded, penniless, in a small Wyoming town where she meets "Slim" Martin, the manager of a ranch owned by Clifford Ames. Slim, who distrusts all women because of the pain one caused him, rejects Maisie's flirtations and orders her to leave town. At the railroad station, Maisie meets Ames and his adulterous wife Sybil, who have come West to patch up their marriage, and tells them that Slim has hired her to be Sybil's maid. While Maisie befriends the lonely Ames, Sybil, who has married Ames for his money, sends for her lover, Richard Raymond. When Ames is involved in an accident that leaves him trapped in his car, Maisie goes for help and finds Sybil with her lover. That night, Maisie and Slim declare their love for each other and decide to marry, and Maisie, troubled by Sybil's infidelity, insists upon leaving the ranch. Before leaving, Maisie confronts Sybil about her treatment of Ames, and Sybil turns the tables on Maisie by telling Slim that Maisie is in love with Ames. Sybil's lies trigger a fight between Maisie and Slim, and Maisie leaves the ranch in anger. Meanwhile, a despondent Ames has realized that his wife is cheating on him and, after mailing a letter to his lawyer, kills himself. When Maisie learns that Slim is on trial for killing Ames, she rushes to the courtroom. There Ames's lawyer finds her and presents her with a letter from Ames. The letter is a suicide note that clears Slim and wills the ranch to Maisie. All ends happily as ... +


Maisie Ravier, a spitfire from the vaudeville circuit, is stranded, penniless, in a small Wyoming town where she meets "Slim" Martin, the manager of a ranch owned by Clifford Ames. Slim, who distrusts all women because of the pain one caused him, rejects Maisie's flirtations and orders her to leave town. At the railroad station, Maisie meets Ames and his adulterous wife Sybil, who have come West to patch up their marriage, and tells them that Slim has hired her to be Sybil's maid. While Maisie befriends the lonely Ames, Sybil, who has married Ames for his money, sends for her lover, Richard Raymond. When Ames is involved in an accident that leaves him trapped in his car, Maisie goes for help and finds Sybil with her lover. That night, Maisie and Slim declare their love for each other and decide to marry, and Maisie, troubled by Sybil's infidelity, insists upon leaving the ranch. Before leaving, Maisie confronts Sybil about her treatment of Ames, and Sybil turns the tables on Maisie by telling Slim that Maisie is in love with Ames. Sybil's lies trigger a fight between Maisie and Slim, and Maisie leaves the ranch in anger. Meanwhile, a despondent Ames has realized that his wife is cheating on him and, after mailing a letter to his lawyer, kills himself. When Maisie learns that Slim is on trial for killing Ames, she rushes to the courtroom. There Ames's lawyer finds her and presents her with a letter from Ames. The letter is a suicide note that clears Slim and wills the ranch to Maisie. All ends happily as Slim and Maisie plan to marry and live together on the ranch. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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