Secret Sinners (October 20, 1933)

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Cecilia Parker and Sue Carol in Secret Sinners
 

Released on October 20, 1933: Two chorus girls in the follies at a New York City theater search for love and the man of their dreams.

Produced by Wesley Ford

Directed by Wesley Ford

The Actors: Jack Mulhall (Jeff Gilbert), Sue Carol (Sue Marsh), Nick Stuart (Jimmy Stafford), Cecilia Parker (Margie Dodd), Natalie Moorhead (Mrs. Gilbert), Armand Kaliz (Armand Blum), Bert Roach (out of work actor), Gertrude Short (Sue's chorus girl friend Ida), Eddie Kane (stage manager Mr. Edwards), William Humphrey (the music publisher), Tom Ricketts (stage doorman 'Pop'), Paul Ellis (Travers the gigolo), Lillian Leighton (Mrs. Simmons), Phillips Smalley (lawyer Marsh), Lee Zahler (Lee Zahler, orchestra leader), Harry Barris (himself, pianist/composer Harry Barris), The Three Harmonettes (themselves, radio singers), Alexander Pollard (Gilbert's valet Moffett), Arthur Thalasso (unknown)

 

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The Chorus Girl and the Farmer's Daughter

This love story was filmed as the Hays censors were beginning their work, but it was obviously not screened or approved by the censors, because there is way too much skin in the follies dancing scenes, and way too much witty dialogue about the lack of clothing that chorus girls Sue and Margie wear at work. Sue is a chorus girl who is not embarrassed about performing with very little of her body covered, and Margie is an Iowa farmer’s daughter who has come to New York to become a famous Broadway actress. Margie cannot find work and is cleaning rooms at a boarding house for actors and Sue helps her get a job in the chorus of the Follies. Sue is in love with a young songwriter, and Margie will meet a millionaire who falls in love with her . . . . Of course, the millionaire’s wife will cause them some grief . . . . But not more than they can handle. Enough about the story, I’ve just gotta dish some Hollywood gossip . . . . You don’t mind do ya?

Well, first off, the perky and pretty brunette Sue, who has such good chemistry with her young songwriter boyfriend, is Sue Carol, the real-life wife of Nick Stuart, the fellow playing her boyfriend in the story. . . . No wonder they have such great chemistry! But wait . . . . That chemistry will not last . . . They will get divorced for some reason and Sue will fall in love with another actor . . . . Sue Carol was born Evelyn Jean Lederer, and her mother’s name was Caroline, and when she started acting in movies she used the name Sue Carol. Well, a few years after she and Nick Stuart split up, she fell in love once again. On March 15, 1942 she married legendary actor Alan Ladd and they lived happily until his death many years later.

The other chorus girl in this story is Cecilia Parker, who you will remember not for her sexy chorus girl roles, but for her mid-west feel-good family stories. Four years after this movie, in 1937, Cecilia got a role in a movie called A Family Affair, where she played the older sister to Mickey Rooney in the first story about Judge Hardy and his son Andy Hardy. She would play Andy’s older sister in most of the sixteen movies about Andy Hardy . . . . Except the one episode that entered public domain early and you can watch here: Love Laughs at Andy Hardy.

One more bit of trivia about the actors . . . When Jimmy buys the music publishing house he meets real-life composer/pianist Harry Barris, who would write songs that have been performed in movies ever since. Harry Barris died in 1962, but his music lives on to this day. His song ‘I Surrender Dear’ was featured in the 2005 movie The Notorious Bettie Page, and before that his music was used in the 1999 blockbuster The Green Mile . . . . And I could go on with movie after movie going all the way back to this one. . . . . But it is now time to pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show. . . . Oh, I almost forgot . . . . One more thing that you might miss if I don't tell you to watch for it . . . For a good hoot, when we first meet Cecilia Parker as the scrub woman in the boarding house, watch the landlady closely as she delivers fresh towels to each room . . . Keep an eye on the towels :-)

Jack Mulhall and Cecelia Parker
Jack Mulhall and Cecelia Parker
Sue Carol and Nick Stuart
Sue Carol and Nick Stuart
Sue Carol
Sue Carol
Armand Kaliz and Cecila Parker
Armand Kaliz and Cecila Parker
Bert Roach and Cecilia Parker
Bert Roach and Cecilia Parker
Cecilia Parker
Cecilia Parker
Cecilia Parker and Eddie Kane
Cecilia Parker and Eddie Kane
Cecilia Parker and Jack Mulhall
Cecilia Parker and Jack Mulhall
Cecilia Parker and Lillian Leighton
Cecilia Parker and Lillian Leighton
Cecilia Parker and Sue Carol
Cecilia Parker and Sue Carol
Cecilia Parker and Sue Carol
Cecilia Parker and Sue Carol
Cecilia Parker dreams about Jack Mulhall
Cecilia Parker dreams about Jack Mulhall
Cecilia Parker meets Sue Carol
Cecilia Parker meets Sue Carol
Cecilia Parker
Cecilia Parker
Eddie Kane
Eddie Kane
Gertrude Short and Armand Kaliz
Gertrude Short and Armand Kaliz
Gertrude Short and Sue Carol
Gertrude Short and Sue Carol
Gertrude Short and Sue Carol
Gertrude Short and Sue Carol
Gertrude Short
Gertrude Short
Jack Mulhall
Jack Mulhall
Jack Mulhall and Alexander Pollard
Jack Mulhall and Alexander Pollard
Jack Mulhall and Alexander Pollard
Jack Mulhall and Alexander Pollard
Jack Mulhall and Harry Barris
Jack Mulhall and Harry Barris
Jack Mulhall and Natalie Moorhead
Jack Mulhall and Natalie Moorhead
Jack Mulhall
Jack Mulhall
Lillian Leighton and Bert Roach
Lillian Leighton and Bert Roach
Natalie Moorhead
Natalie Moorhead
Natalie Moorhead
Natalie Moorhead
Nick Stuart and Harry Barris
Nick Stuart and Harry Barris
Nick Stuart, Sue Carol and Cecilia Parker
Nick Stuart, Sue Carol and Cecilia Parker
Nick Stuart and Sue Carol
Nick Stuart and Sue Carol
Nick Stuart and Tom Ricketts
Nick Stuart and Tom Ricketts
Paul Ellis and Jack Mulhall
Paul Ellis and Jack Mulhall
Paul Ellis
Paul Ellis
Phillips Smalley and Jack Mulhall
Phillips Smalley and Jack Mulhall
Phillips Smalley
Phillips Smalley
Sue Carol
Sue Carol
Sue Carol and Armand Kaliz
Sue Carol and Armand Kaliz
Sue Carol and Cecilia Parker
Sue Carol and Cecilia Parker
Sue Carol, Jack Mulhall and Nick Stuart
Sue Carol, Jack Mulhall and Nick Stuart
Sue Carol and Nick Stuart
Sue Carol and Nick Stuart
Sue Carol and Nick Stuart
Sue Carol and Nick Stuart
Sue Carol
Sue Carol