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Molly and Me

Inauspicious title cloaks a pleasant comedy-drama. It is neatly studded with belly-laugh material as well as effective bits of pathos. Above all, it holds an excellent all-round cast topped by Gracie Fields, Monty Woolley, Roddy McDowall and Reginald Gardiner.

Cast:
Gracie Fields Monty Woolley Roddy McDowall Reginald Gardiner

Inauspicious title cloaks a pleasant comedy-drama. It is neatly studded with belly-laugh material as well as effective bits of pathos. Above all, it holds an excellent all-round cast topped by Gracie Fields, Monty Woolley, Roddy McDowall and Reginald Gardiner.

Story, with an English locale, opens with a jobless music hall entertainer (Fields) taking job as a housekeeper. She revitalizes a gloomy household, discharges a parasitical group of thieving servants, makes the place seem like home to the motherless boy, and finally brings about an understanding between father and son.

Interwoven is an ancient scandal concerning the runaway wife of the one-time politician (Woolley) who has been persuaded to stand for parliament again when his errant wife returns with blackmail as her objective.

Unbeknown to the politician Fields scares the woman out of England by framing a phoney murder in her hotel room. The slender motif [from a novel by Frances Marion] has been nicely developed with corking individual performances.

Molly and Me

Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director Lewis Seiler; Producer Robert Bassler; Screenplay Leonard Praskins, Roger Burford; Camera Charles Clarke; Editor John McCafferty; Music Cyril Mockridge; Art Director Lyle R. Wheeler, Albert Hogsett

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1945. Running time: 76 MIN.

With: Gracie Fields Monty Woolley Roddy McDowall Reginald Gardiner

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