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Ann Sothern stars as the plucky title character in the delightful Maisie Goes to Reno (1944), the 8th of 10 films in MGM's popular Maisie comedy series. In this wartime installment, Maisie heads to Reno for a singing gig after being ordered to take two weeks off from her job as a riveter. When a G.I. (Tom Drake) asks Maisie to deliver a letter to his rich wife Gloria (Ava Gardner), who is in Reno to divorce him, she soon finds herself mixed up with some shady characters who want to separate Gloria from her money. Meanwhile, Maisie finds herself in the arms of a charming new suitor (John Hodiak).
The supporting role of Gloria, the rich young war bride being conned by a couple of slick hucksters, was a very early talking part for Ava Gardner. Fresh off her brief first marriage to one of MGM's top stars at the time, Mickey Rooney, Gardner was in the process of establishing her presence at the studio as a contract player, but still a few years away from major stardom. Though her screen time is limited in Maisie Goes to Reno, Gardner makes the most of her role, and her extraordinary beauty shines through.
Ann Sothern sings one song in Maisie Goes to Reno - the rollicking number "Panhandle Pete" as part of Maisie's stage show.
Producer: George Haight
Director: Harry Beaumont
Screenplay: Mary C. McCall, Jr. (screenplay); Harry Clork, Howard Emmett Rogers (contributing writers, uncredited); Wilson Collison (characters); Harry Ruby, James O'Hanlon (story)
Cinematography: Robert Planck; William H. Daniels (uncredited)
Art Direction: Howard Campbeid, Cedric Gibbons
Music: David Snell; Robert Franklyn, Lennie Hayton, Bronislau Kaper (uncredited)
Film Editing: Frank E. Hull
Cast: Ann Sothern (Maisie Ravier), John Hodiak (Philip Francis 'Flip' Hennahan), Tom Drake (Sgt. Bill Fullerton), Marta Linden (Winifred 'Wini' Ashbourne), Paul Cavanagh (Roger Pelham), Ava Gardner (Gloria Fullerton), Bernard Nedell (J.E. Clave), Roland Dupree (Jerry (bellboy)), Chick Chandler (Tommy Cutter), Bunny Waters (Elaine).
BW-90m. Closed Captioning.
by Andrea Passafiume