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Ringside Maisie(1941)

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In this, the fifth Maisie movie, everyone's favorite choosy floozy Maisie (Ann Sothern) skips out on a crummy taxi dancer gig and gets mixed up in the boxing underworld, where prizefighter Terry Dolan (Robert Sterling) and his suave manager Skeets Maguire (George Murphy) have a disagreement about going on to the next fight. Sothern and Murphy have such great chemistry on screen that it's a surprise to learn the big off-screen romance was really between Sothern and Sterling. The couple met on set and married each other a week after Sothern's divorce from Roger Pryor was finalized. (The marriage didn't last long, but it's their daughter Tisha Sterling who plays a younger version of her mother in The Whales Of August (1987)). Maybe it's the flush of being in love that gives extra juice to Maisie's sex appeal in this film-watch how, during the opening dance sequence, Sothern pulls off the nifty trick of looking simultaneously bored, exhausted and in heat while she cuts a rug with a doofus dance partner. Cameos from real fighter Maxie "Slapsie Maxie" Rosenbloom and stoneface crooner Virginia O'Brien round out the fun.

By Violet LeVoit

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