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By 1943, Ann Sothern was starting to tire of Maisie, the Brooklyn bombshell whose gum-cracking, back-talking hijinks landed her in one sassy situation after another. After all, Sothern was a capable actress whose real talent gave depth and resonance to dramatic roles in pictures like Cry 'Havoc' (1943) where she played an army nurse. But Louis B. Mayer knew that crowds loved Maisie, and audiences eager to see her would always balance the books for MGM's flops. So Sothern gamely buckled down for this, the seventh Maisie movie, where Maisie helps the war effort by getting hired at an airplane factory, only to get mixed up in a love triangle between pilot Brian "Breezy" McLaughlin (James Craig) and his man-crazy fiancee Iris (Jean Rogers). Nothing new, but to Sothern's credit, Maisie is as fresh -- and fresh-mouthed -- in this film as ever.
By Violet LeVoit