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The Maisie Collection: Volume 1 (1939)

Ann Sothern  |  G |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ann Sothern
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Warner Archive
  • DVD Release Date: June 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 409 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0080QOJSU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,914 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Ann Sothern stars in her signature role, the unstoppable showgirl Maisie Ravier. Maisie makes a long awaited DVD debut in this, her first ever collection. Get ready for a GRAND GAL!

The collection includes:

Maisie (1939) Congo Maisie (1940) Gold Rush Maisie (1940) Maisie Was a Lady (1941) Ringside Maisie (1941)"

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have waited years to see these September 13, 2012
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All the films have the same basic plot, just different supporting casts. Maisie is on her own, usually broke & out of work show girl. She meets a man who wants nothing to do with her but because of her honesty, integrity, strength, spunk & willingness to stand up for herself they fall in love & all ends well. These were B pictures, the bottom half of a double feature. Made at MGM at it's height but with second string writers, directors, costumers, etc. So, why the five stars you're asking? Beacuse of Ann Sothern. She's a delight. Absolutly unique star, personality, persona, what have you. The films may not be classics but she was a classic & a joy to watch. I will definately be buying the Vol. 2 set.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IN PRAISE OF MAISIE - The Maisie Collection, Vol. I November 30, 2013
The Maisie Movie Series is a prime example of forties fluff that depends almost entirely on the likeability of its star. And Ann Sothern is one of the most likeable actresses you are ever likely to find.

Her career spanned the 60 years from 1927 to 1987 and included stage, radio, movies and TV. She not only had this starring 10 movie series, she also had two starring TV series of 100 episodes each. Whatever she appeared in, her presence added much more than her diminutive 5' 1" stature would suggest was possible.

The Maisie Ravier Series is not high drama. The stories revolve around a plucky out of work night club/vaudeville performer who gets stranded in various places and picks up work as a maid, personal assistant or whatever is available. Everywhere she goes she gets entangled in the personal problems of the people around her - people who have personal dilemmas that would rival the most complication situations of any soap opera. She encounters crime, wartime intrigue and death, and falls in love with a new boyfriend in each movie.

Each movie features a stand-alone story with a different location, cast, and plot line unconnected to other movies in the series.

Through it all, Ann's Maisie remains the single constant. She is intelligent, positive-minded, fast-talking, attractive, dressed to the nines in sweetly feminine forties fashion, and always triumphant in the end.

If you love Ann Sothern, you will love the whole series.

The entire ten movie series is presented in two DVD-R sets:

The Maisie Collection Vol. I

1. Maisie . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1939
2. Congo Maisie . . . . . . . . . 1940
3. Gold Rush Maisie . . . . . . 1940
4. Maisie Was a Lady . . . . . 1941
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maisie starring Ann Sothern January 31, 2013
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Ann Sothern was one of our great actresses. When she starred as Maisie she was named one of the most beautiful women in the world. SHE COULD DO IT ALL - act, sing and dance! What a performer! These Maisie movies are terrific. The oscar nominated actress is wonderful as Maisie!!!!! If you love Ann read the poem about her in the book, FACES AND SEASONS by Stephen Baldridge-Louck on
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Ann Southern (1909 - 2001) was an astonishing 92 year old in 2001, and the MAISIE series shows her dazzling personality close up!
by David "Tex" Allen, January 2, 2014

I screened MAISIE (1939) starring Ann Southern and many memories of seeing the incredible star of that movie over the years of my life (I turn 70 in 16 days!) returned. The memories were/are all pleasureable.

The late Ann Southern (1909 - 2001) was born Harriet Lake in North Dakota and died at age 92 in Idaho. Not a typical Hollywood movie star, but really.....who is or ever was! Movie stars are all like snow flakes, every one different and distinctly unique (to be redundant intentionally....emphasizes my point!).

Her only child, actress Tisha Sterling (c. 1948 - ), is about my age (I was born in 1944), and starred with young Clint Eastwood in one of his early 1960's hits titled COOGAN'S BLUFF (1969). Tisha played a hippie girl.....I also spent some time (not much) as sort of a hippie in NYC during the 1967 "Summer Of Love." Ann Southern's daughter did a good job in COOGAN'S BLUFF, and I watch that movie often when I want to remember hippie NYC in the 1960's.

The electric Ann Southern is best revealed in MAISIE (1939) and other movies in that series which went on until 1947.

The MAISIE series was a "B" movie effort always made cheaply, and which depended on the dazzling and wonderful and always interesting (and oddly sexy......tiny girls only 5'1" tall are usually not sex stars) Ann Southern.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOve maisie February 11, 2014
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Im so glad Masie is out on dvd, very funny good acting, little pricey but good product and quick delivery
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Maisie! February 4, 2014
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We have a lot of fun watching Maisie. It's refreshing to have so much pleasure from an age of innocence fill our screen. Ann is beautiful & overflowing with talent.
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Excellent movie series - just a whole lot of fun to watch! Classic later 30's to mid-40's movie serial has the heroine Maisie falling into adventures only to meet the man of her dreams (always a different man) and through various problems and misunderstandings and usually some crime or disaster Maisie ends up with the guy and they get engaged. The end - they live happily ever after.

Maisie has a bubbly/adventurous but very grounded personality (played perfectly by Ann Southern), the supporting characters are great (leading men and the other supporting cast), the plot lines are fun, and the action is funny and completely implausible but so worth watching.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ann Sothern as Maisie
I saw a couple of the Maisie movies on television when I was young. I had forgotten about them until I saw the WB Archives Collections. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Elvin Perkins
4.0 out of 5 stars Way to go Warners!
The picture and sound quality is magnificent. Ann Sothern is perfect in the role of Maisie. The DVD box set is crafted to ensure the safety of the DVDs, which are DVD-R format. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Martin Grams, Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars My First Maisie Movie!
*** This review may contain spoilers ***

I kept ignoring all the Maisie movie titles as they seemed superficial, supercilious, and rather bland entertainment. Read more
Published 9 months ago by DoMeNiQuE CoE
1.0 out of 5 stars Scratched DVD's arrived
Better care should be taken to make sure the discs which are made on demand do not have scratches, certainly has put me off ordering on demand. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Russell Horner
5.0 out of 5 stars better then expected
I had wanted to buy this set for awhile,because of the good reviews here,and that I used to watch The Ann Southern Show as a kid,and always liked her. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Mason von Mason
5.0 out of 5 stars Glorious Black and White!
When I was a kid, way back in the...mumble, mumble...Ms. Sothern has two shows on TV. One was Private Secretary and the other was The Ann Sothern Show. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Sandra Bowman
4.0 out of 5 stars an experiment on how to use the same character
MAISIE is based on an interesting premise. Take the same girl with the same personality traits and put her in various situations (ranch, congo, gold rush, etc. Read more
Published 24 months ago by wisdomstar
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