Secrets Of An Actress

  • 1938
  • 1 HR 11 MIN
  • NR
  • Comedy, Romance

Francis was one of the stars at Warner Bros. earning the princessly salary of more than $200,000 per year. When she lost the plum role in TOVARICH to Claudette Colbert, she was irked enough to call in her lawyers and tell the bosses that she wouldn't renew them after her current contract expired. To get even with that kind of sassiness, Warners cast her...read more

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Francis was one of the stars at Warner Bros. earning the princessly salary of more than $200,000 per year. When she lost the plum role in TOVARICH to Claudette Colbert, she was irked enough to call in her lawyers and tell the bosses that she wouldn't renew them after her current contract

expired. To get even with that kind of sassiness, Warners cast her in several dull programmers, all of which caused her career to wane quickly. Here she plays an actress who has been on the stage since her diaper days but still hasn't gotten the big break. She meets Hunter, a laconic but rich

architect, who likes her enough to plan financing for a play, for which he will design the sets, something he's always wanted to do. Hunter's associate, Brent, tries to convince him that it's a pipe dream, but Hunter remains steadfast in his desires. Brent's attitude melts when he finally meets

Francis. The two of them fall in love, but their romance is complicated by the fact that Brent is married to Dickson. The two have been apart for a couple of years and Brent doesn't consider himself married any longer, so he neglects to tell Francis of his situation. Brent goes to Dickson and

pleads with her to set him free, promising her a huge settlement and custody of her mother. Dickson does not give in so easily, though, and when Francis finds out Brent is still wed, she feels terrible and goes back to Hunter, agreeing to marry him. Hunter is a gentleman and sees that it's a

rebound and that she is mad for Brent, so he helps convince Dickson to let Brent go, thereby bringing Brent and Francis together. The best performance in this otherwise lackluster picture is by Isabel Jeans as Francis' inebriated roommate. In an early scene, after having had too much to drink in a

bar, Jeans punches Hunter out and that leads to Francis' meeting him. She stands out like a diamond in a mudhole. British-born Jeans began in movies in 1917, came to the U.S. and made her debut in TOVARICH, then worked in pictures in the U.S. before returning to England after WW II and appearing

in several films, the last of which was THE MAGIC CHRISTIAN with Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr. She was married to Claude Rains for a time.

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