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The Housekeeper's Daughter (1939)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 26 October 1939 (USA)
Movie opens with a murder involving gangster. Gangster's girl goes to stay with mother. Mother is the housekeeper for upper class family with an attractive son. Family returns early from ... See full summary »

Director:

Hal Roach

Writers:

Rian James (screen play), Gordon Douglas (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Bennett ... Hilda
Adolphe Menjou ... Deakon Maxwell
John Hubbard ... Robert Randall
William Gargan ... Ed O'Malley
George E. Stone ... Screw-Loose Benny
Peggy Wood ... Olga
Donald Meek ... Editor Wilson
Marc Lawrence ... Floyd
Lilian Bond ... Gladys
Victor Mature ... Lefty
John Hyams ... Professor Randall
Leila McIntyre Leila McIntyre ... Mrs. Randall
Luis Alberni ... Veroni
Rosina Galli Rosina Galli ... Mrs. Veroni
Tom Dugan ... Gangster
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Storyline

Movie opens with a murder involving gangster. Gangster's girl goes to stay with mother. Mother is the housekeeper for upper class family with an attractive son. Family returns early from vacation. Gangster's gang follows girl to house, police follow. Comedy ensures.

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Taglines:

She Couldn't Keep House! She Couldn't Cook! But What She Knew About Men Would Fill A Book! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Criada para Amar See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Victor Mature's first film. See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Hummed by Adolphe Menjou
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GREAT cast in mixed drama and comedy with lots of laughs and deaths
28 October 2016 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

In some ways an odd mix, "The Housekeep's Daughter" is generally well done and extremely well acted.

Joan Bennett looks more beautiful than ever, but doesn't have much to do, except look beautiful.

Adolph Menjou is simply always great, although his character makes a change that doesn't really ring true -- but so what?

Some of the finest of Hollywood's character actors make this just so much fun to watch, and seeing Victor Mature in an early role additionally makes "The Housekeeper's Daughter" a joy.

John Hubbard gives a good portrayal of a rather spacey character, but for some reason never did become the star he probably deserved to be, though he did keep busy most of the rest of his life.

I can recommend "The Housekeeper's Daughter" despite its minor flaws. Those flaws are vastly outnumbered by the joys.


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