Molly and Me (May 25, 1945)

Dame Gracie Fields
 

Released May 25, 1945: A struggling London actress that gets more than a job when she becomes a housekeeper for a crusty politician.

Produced by Robert Bassler

Directed by Lewis Seiler

The Actors: Gracie Fields (Molly Barry), Monty Woolley (John Graham), Roddy McDowall (Master Jimmy Graham), Reginald Gardiner (Harry Phillips, and Peabody), Natalie Schafer (Kitty Goode-Burroughs), Edith Barrett (Julia), Clifford Brooke (Pops), Aminta Dyne (Musette), Queenie Leonard (Lily), Doris Lloyd (Mrs. Graham), Patrick O'Moore (Ronnie, unemployed actor/new gardener), Lewis L. Russell (Sir Arthur Burroughs), Matthew Boulton (Sergeant), Lillian Bronson (Perkins), Nora Cecil (clerk at Domestic Service Agency), David Clyde (Angus the gardener), Jean Del Val (Pierre Petard the first cook), Leslie Denison (policeman), Ethel Griffies (Mrs. Lamb), Leyland Hodgson (manager), Boyd Irwin (Lord Alexander), Kenner G. Kemp (man in pub), Ottola Nesmith (Lady Alexander), Dorothy Neumann (clerk at Domestic Service Agency), Jean Prescott (barmaid), Gordon Richards (Jamie McDougall), Jerry Shane (messenger boy), Walter Tetley (grocery delivery boy), Eric Wilton (George the second butler)

 

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The Member of Parliament and the Extraordinarily Emotional Housekeeper

In 1937 Shirley Temple brought more money into theaters than anyone else, but she did not earn the highest salary that year. In 1937 the top paid motion picture actor was Gary Cooper, followed closely by Mae West. But wait, these were the American actors who earned the most money in 1937. There was a star in England that made much more than Gary Cooper or Mae West in 1937.

The highest paid actor in the world during the first decade of motion pictures with sound was born above a fish and chips shop on Molesworth Street in Rochdale, Lancashire. Today a life-sized statue of this actor can be found in the Town Hall Square, just off Packer Street.

Dame Gracie Fields, DBE, Commander of the Order of the British Empire, was an actress, singer, and comedienne that kept Britain and the world smiling through the Great Depression, World War Two, and after. In this adventure she is an out-of-work actor living in a boarding house with other out-of-work actors. She has decided that she will get a job as a housekeeper to fend off starvation.

Fortunately, she manages to get a job as housekeeper in a mansion owned by a stuffy, grumpy, not-very-friendly gentleman, played by Monty Woolley. While the boss is away to discuss becoming a Member of Parliament again, housekeeper Molly upsets the staff and everyone from cook to upstairs maid walks out in a huff.

Now, with the boss coming home, wishing to entertain Lords and Ladies to celebrate his return to Parliament, a formal dinner must be prepared, but Molly is alone in the mansion with no servants to cook or serve the dinner. Well, she is not quite alone, because the teenage son of the gentleman, played by Roddy McDowall, has unexpectedly come home for the summer.

Luckily her out-of-work actor friends will come to the rescue, and the dinner goes of well, if a bit frantically. Unfortunately, the next day when the gun goes off and the solicitor drops to the floor, our happy ending may not arrive. PopĀ  a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Charles Trowbridge as banker Justin Stone
Dame Gracie Fields
Aminta Dyne, Clifford Brooke
Aminta Dyne, Clifford Brooke
Clifford Brooke
Clifford Brooke
Clifford Brooke, Reginald Gardiner
Clifford Brooke, Reginald Gardiner
David Clyde
David Clyde
David Clyde, Jean Del Val
David Clyde, Jean Del Val
Doris Lloyd
Doris Lloyd
Doris Lloyd, Reginald Gardiner
Doris Lloyd, Reginald Gardiner
Dorothy Neumann
Dorothy Neumann
Edith Barrett, Patrick O'Moore
Edith Barrett, Patrick O'Moore
Edith Barrett, Queenie Leonard
Edith Barrett, Queenie Leonard
Gordon Richards
Gordon Richards
Gracie Fields
Gracie Fields
Gracie Fields, Aminta Dyne
Gracie Fields, Aminta Dyne
Gracie Fields, Jean Del Val
Gracie Fields, Jean Del Val
Gracie Fields, Reginald Gardiner
Gracie Fields, Reginald Gardiner
Gracie Fields, Jean Del Val
Gracie Fields, Jean Del Val
Gracie Fields
Gracie Fields
Lewis L. Russell
Lewis L. Russell
Lewis L. Russell, Edith Barrett, Natalie Schafer
Lewis L. Russell, Edith Barrett, Natalie Schafer
Lewis L. Russell
Lewis L. Russell
Monty Woolley
Monty Woolley
Monty Woolley, Reginald Gardiner, Eric Wilton
Monty Woolley, Reginald Gardiner, Eric Wilton
Monty Woolley, Reginald Gardiner
Monty Woolley, Reginald Gardiner
Monty Woolley
Monty Woolley
Monty Woolley, Gracie Fields
Monty Woolley, Gracie Fields
Monty Woolley
Monty Woolley
Monty Woolley, Gracie Fields
Monty Woolley, Gracie Fields
Monty Woolley
Monty Woolley
Natalie Schafer, Monty Woolley
Natalie Schafer, Monty Woolley
Queenie Leonard, Edith Barrett
Queenie Leonard, Edith Barrett
Reginald Gardiner
Reginald Gardiner
Reginald Gardiner, Gracie Fields
Reginald Gardiner, Gracie Fields
Reginald Gardiner, Gracie Fields
Reginald Gardiner, Gracie Fields
Reginald Gardiner
Reginald Gardiner
Reginald Gardiner
Reginald Gardiner
Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall, Gracie Fields
Roddy McDowall, Gracie Fields
Roddy McDowall, Monty Woolley
Roddy McDowall, Monty Woolley
Roddy McDowall, Monty Woolley
Roddy McDowall, Monty Woolley
Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall
Roddy McDowall