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Personal Maid (1931)

Nora Ryan, a poor Irish girl, living in New York decides to change her life by working as a personal maid for the wealthy, Gary family. The Gary family fear Grandpa Gary Gary, a copper ... See full summary »


Monta Bell, Lothar Mendes (uncredited)


Adelaide Heilbron (screenplay), Grace Perkins (novel)




Cast overview:
Nancy Carroll ... Nora Ryan
Pat O'Brien ... Peter Shea
Gene Raymond ... Dick Gary
Mary Boland ... Mrs. Otis Gary
George Fawcett ... Gary Gary
Hugh O'Connell ... Kipp
Ernest Lawford Ernest Lawford ... Barrows
Charlotte Wynters ... Gwen Gary
Jessie Busley ... Ma Ryan
Donald Meek ... Pa Ryan
Clara Langsner Clara Langsner ... Mrs. Wurtz
Terry Carroll ... Anna Ryan
Ronnee Madsen Ronnee Madsen ... Personal Maid


Nora Ryan, a poor Irish girl, living in New York decides to change her life by working as a personal maid for the wealthy, Gary family. The Gary family fear Grandpa Gary Gary, a copper magnate, for he controls the family fortune. Mrs. Otis Gary, hearing that her son, Dick Gary has been expelled from college, sends Nora to meet Dick at the train station and escort him to his aunt's in Virginia. Dick flirts with Nora. Nora is repulsed, but finds him irresistible. Dick tries to con Nora out of the money his mother gave her. Nora, returns to the Gary home in New York to report the incident to Grandpa Gary. Dick, being Grandpa Gary's favorite dismisses the incident and gives Nora money for her troubles. Nora leaves the Gary's and moves into a lavish hotel under a different name. She meets, Peter Shea, Grandpa Gary's business manager, and they date. Grandpa knowing that Dick is in love with Nora and Nora with Dick, breaks them up. The problem is that Dick believed Nora is in love with Peter... Written by Kelly

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I'm A Fool But Don't I Know It?
11 July 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Nancy Carroll is cute as a button as Nora Ryan. Brought up in Irish slums of New York, she wants something better. three years later she is the personal maid of Mary Boland, the daughter of extravagantly wealthy George Fawcett. When Mary's son, Gene Raymond, is thrown out of Yale, she sends Nancy to get him away quietly before Fawcett finds out and disinherits everyone. Raymond behaves like a lout, but calms down under Nancy's ladylike handling.... and then forges a check and heads for Havana.

It's from a novel by Grace Perkins and it seems to be a good book about class and character, with a standout role for Mr. Fawcett, and a good one for Pat O'Brien as Fawcett's business manager, who tries to bed Miss Carroll in the second act, when she's masquerading as a rich lady. It's the third act, when true character is revealed, that this movie falls down. It's too rushed to offer more than the standard ending to seemingly every Hollywood movie, as if they think the audience is looking at their watches, too bored to care what happened to these characters in the book that the studio bought to turn into a movie because it was so good. That failure of will results in what might have been a great third act -- or possibly a rotten one -- being reduced to a meaningless epilogue, and a very interesting start and middle ruined by a short ending.

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Release Date:

12 September 1931 (USA) See more »

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Criada de Confiança See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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