Cinema: The New Pictures: Aug. 14, 1939

Elsa Maxwell's Hotel for Women (Twentieth Century-Fox) introduces two new screen personalities: luscious, lissom Linda Darnell (her real name), 15, of Dallas, Texas, and fat, frenetic, fiftyish Elsa Maxwell, corkjester extraordinary to Manhattan's café society. In a complicated little story about life & love in a Manhattan residence hotel for women, untypical Miss Maxwell plays herself (explaining her presence in the unswank Sherrington as her substitute for a vacation in the mountains), popping out brisk remarks, decanting an occasional drop of the Maxwellian philosophy, which undoubtedly seems headier after 2 a. m. On...

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