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Secrets of an Actress (1938)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 10 September 1938 (USA)
Two architects lose their heads over a glamorous actress.

Director:

William Keighley

Writers:

Milton Krims (original screenplay), Rowland Leigh (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kay Francis ... Fay Carter
George Brent ... Dick Orr
Ian Hunter ... Peter Snowden
Gloria Dickson ... Carla Orr
Isabel Jeans ... Marian Plantagenet
Penny Singleton ... Miss Reid
Dennie Moore ... Miss Blackstone
Selmer Jackson ... Thompson
Herbert Rawlinson ... Harrison
Emmett Vogan Emmett Vogan ... Spencer (as Emmet Vogan)
James B. Carson James B. Carson ... Carstairs
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Storyline

Two architects lose their heads over a glamorous actress.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lovely Lady See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The inscription to Fay by her father on his picture is a quote by the English poet John Keats (1795-1821). See more »

Goofs

At the opening night of Fay's play "Springboard", pages from the program are shown to indicate the play's progress. The one for the second act reads: "Springboard, Act II, Interior Fay Carter's living room, next day." Fay Carter is the *actress*. Unless the character has the same name as the star, this was an error. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits show a woman's hands opening a locked diary, which when opened, displays the credits as the pages are flipped. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Please Be Kind
(1938) (uncredited)
Music by Saul Chaplin
Played while Fran and Dick go over figures at lunch
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Lack lustre, lukewarm romantic drama
13 January 2014 | by atlasmbSee all my reviews

Secrets of an Actress never reveals any secrets worth knowing.

Two men who are very good friends are in love with the same star (Kay Francis). The story treats Ms. Francis like a yo-yo, tearing her from one man's arms, then from the other's.

She is the "prize" in this film. It centers on her, making the two men appear not so valuable, as love objects. And, as a result, it makes Ms. Francis's decision feel somewhat unimportant, though it is what the film revolves around. Their little courtship dances grow wearisome by the end of the film.

You might wonder why Kay doesn't just choose the man she truly loves. The story sets up a "straw man" of an argument to keep the lovers apart just so it can later knock it down. I couldn't invest much emotion in the issues of our three protagonists.


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