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Up Goes Maisie(1946)

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teaser Up Goes Maisie (1946)

By 1946, the character Maisie, billed as "that double trouble doll with the sassy chassis" was so closely connected with Ann Sothern that the actress was able to parlay her success into the CBS radio program "The Adventures of Maisie". But her bosses at MGM still found time to put Sothern onscreen. In this, the ninth Maisie movie, our Brooklyn showgirl heroine is looking for work outside of show business as a secretary. Tired of unwanted attention from men, Maisie disguises herself in office drag, complete with dowdy wardrobe and black-framed glasses. But she doesn't fool inventor Joseph Morton (George Murphy, also her co-star in Ringside Maisie (1941)), who suspects she's a spy hungering after his prototype for a new, easy-to-fly helicopter. But it's Maisie who eventually earns his gratitude by uncovering a plot to steal his closely guarded plans. Sothern, looking weary in this go-round (she was nearly forty years old), would have just one more Maisie movie to go before moving on to an equally iconic career in radio and television.

By Violet LeVoit

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