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|Directed by||Edwin L. Marin|
|Produced by||J. Walter Ruben|
Mary C. McCall Jr.
|Music by||David Snell|
|Cinematography||Charles Lawton Jr.|
|Edited by||Fredrick Y. Smith|
|August 1, 1941|
Ringside Maisie is a 1941 film directed by Edwin L. Marin. It stars Ann Sothern, Robert Sterling and George Murphy. It is the fifth of ten pictures in the Maisie series. This was Sothern and future husband Sterling's only film together.
While on her way to a dancing job at a resort, Maisie Ravier (Ann Sothern) is thrown off the train for not having enough money to pay the fare. She is given a ride to the resort by up-and-coming boxer Terry Dolan (Robert Sterling). Dolan's suspicious manager, "Skeets" Maguire (George Murphy), offends Maisie by telling her that he does not want her "sort" around his protege, despite Terry already having a girlfriend. As Skeets gets to know Maisie better, he realizes his mistake, and he and Maisie fall in love.
When Maisie rejects the romantic advances of Ricky Du Prez (Jack La Rue), her employer and dancing partner, she is fired. Terry asks her to be the companion to his wheelchair-bound mother. When she accepts the job, Terry asks her to hide his profession from Mrs. Dolan (Margaret Moffatt), who believes he is a razor blade salesman. Maisie disapproves of lying, but agrees.
Terry confides a secret to Maisie: he hates and fears boxing, and would rather run a grocery store just like his late father did. Since he will have enough money to buy a store after the next fight, Maisie encourages him to tell Skeets. Skeets surprises Maisie by telling Terry that he has an ironclad contract, and insisting that Terry will take on the champion after the next bout. Maisie ends her relationship with Skeets.
Discouraged, Terry fights poorly and is knocked out in the sixth round. He receives a concussion, and when he revives he is blind. Maisie brings Mrs. Dolan to the hospital. Dolan tells his mother that there are only three specialists in the whole country who are qualified to repair the damage, but it will take all of his savings. Mrs. Dolan is concerned only about his welfare, and is not concerned about his violent profession. The operation is a success. When Maisie discovers that Skeets flew to Boston personally to fetch the specialist, they reconcile.
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