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Maisie movies never disappointed audiences, partly because of how the title role suited the sexy, funny Ann Sothern, but partly because of their satisfying formula: Maisie, the tough cookie showgirl with a knack for misadventure, gets stranded in an unfamiliar locale where she finds a new job, a new problem, and a new tall-and-handsome to get her bothered. This time the new spot's an abandoned mining camp in Arizona that Maisie can't wait to leave. But when she's moved by the plight of a stranded Dust Bowl family that includes a little girl (Virginia Weidler), she decides to stick around and help - even if that means the unwanted attention of rancher Bill Anders (Lee Bowman). Sothern was still riding high on Maisie love in 1940, a phenomenon that would eventually take her to performing the character on radio. She would eventually tire of the role, but here she still revels in playing a character full of more moxie, mobility, glamour and sheer liberation than many other women's roles in film.

By Violet LeVoit

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