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Two Wise Maids (1937)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Skipworth ... Agatha Stanton / Old Lady Ironsides
Polly Moran ... Prudence Matthews
Irene Manning ... Ellen Southard (as Hope Manning)
Donald Cook ... Bruce Arnold
Jackie Searl ... Elliot 'Wet Mouth' Braxton
Lila Lee ... Ethel Harriman
Luis Alberni ... Guili
Maxie Rosenbloom ... Max Handler, Champ (as Max 'Slapsie Maxie' Rosenbloom)
Marcia Mae Jones ... Geraldine 'Jerry ' Karns
Harry Burns Harry Burns ... Nicky Zackorackus
Clarence Wilson ... Twitchell
Selmer Jackson ... Dr. MacIntyre
John Hamilton ... Grover Wentworth
Theresa Maxwell Conover ... Mrs. Braxton (as Teresa Conover)
Raymond Brown Raymond Brown ... Philip Pierpont


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Release Date:

15 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Old Lady Ironsides See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Alison Skipworth & Polly Moran
16 August 2010 | by drednmSee all my reviews

TWO WISE MAIDS is a very minor comedy/drama starring Alison Skipworth and Polly Moran in an attempt to find the chemistry that made Moran's teaming with Marie Dressler so profitable. It doesn't quite happen.

Old-fashioned story of old maid teacher known as Old Ironsides (Skipworth) who meddles in everyone's life and is seen as out of date by the new principal puts Skipworth squarely at the center of the story while it sidelines Moran as the relatively unimportant and uninteresting friend. Story culminates in an accusation of striking a student. At the hearing many of her old students come back to defend her.

Skipworth is a joy and Moran does what she can with scant materials. Donald Cook is the new principal and Irene Manning the new teacher with a secret. Marcia Mae Jones and Jackie Searl are quite good as troublesome students. Lila Lee shows up in a small part at the end of the film. Also in the cast are Luis Alberni, Clarence Wilson, John Hamilton, Maxie Rosenbloom, and Theresa Conover.

The film must have done OK at the box office since Moran and Skipworth were re- teamed the following year in LADIES IN DISTRESS.

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