9 February 2013 | MartinHafer
Despite its short running time, this is NOT just another B-movie.
In the 1930s and 40s, thousands and thousands of B-movies were made in Hollywood. These films were meant to be the lesser film on a double feature---a lower budgeted film that was churned out very quickly. Not surprisingly, these films also featured lesser-named actors. Now many of them were rather poor BUT many were actually as good or better than the accompanying feature! So, B didn't necessarily mean bad or inferior. A great example of this is "Personal Maid's Secret". Despite only clocking in at 58 minutes (and most Bs were between 55 and 65 minutes), it's a dandy film for many reasons. To me, the biggest reason was that it starred Ruth Donnelly. Donnelly was a wonderful actress but was never a starring actress--mostly because she was not beautiful and was usually cast as a supporting player. She was fine in these roles, but "Personal Maid's Secret" showed she COULD carry a film--though, oddly, she did not receive top billing. This was given to Margaret Lindsay--who clearly was NOT the lead in the film. The other reason is that the film was well written from start to finish--and especially good near the end of the film, where it took some nice twists. All in all, a very satisfying B--one you should see if you have a chance.
By the way, some might blanch at the comments the little boy makes in the film about 'colored people', though I think he was adorable and the comments UNUSUAL, not racist. See the film and see what I mean.