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Ringside Maisie(1941)

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According to Hollywood Reporter 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. Hollywood Reporter 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. 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,.
       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 July 1941. It is unclear whether Ringside Maisie or Life Begins for Andy Hardy (released on August 15, 1941, ), 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.