Johnny Norton, hard-partying scion of a wealthy Chicago family, is exiled to Arizona by his disgusted father after being jailed for drunk driving. The skirt-chasing wastrel takes a job at a Tucson gas station, which is across the street from a breakfast joint run by Waffles, a pretty girl from Georgia. Johnny falls for the lovely hash slinger and comes to her defense when she is falsely accused of selling bootleg liquor tocollege students. But romantic complications ensue when young Norton's father arrives in town and takes a shine to Waffles himself.
Produced in 1933 but apparently not released until 1936 (as The Girl from Georgia), this oddball but fascinating low-budget drama was independently financed by people connected to the University of Arizona, where it was partially shot. Screenwriter Helen Mitchell, whose script adapted a play by Maude Fulton, was herself an alumnus of the college. Her Secret marked the starring swan song of silent-era juvenile Buster Collier, who took supporting roles in two subsequent films before quitting the acting game. Critics have taken delight in the performance of British-Austrian actress Sari Maritza, whose struggle to replicate a Georgia accent provides considerable entertainment of the unintended kind.
Produced in Arizona by theater legend Oliver Morosco's wife Helen Mitchell, HER SECRET told the sordid story of Waffles (Sari Maritza, a waitress accused by Tucson bluenoses of "contributing to the delinquency of minors." One "minor" in particular is Johnny Norton (Buster Collier), the exiled son of a Chicago industrialist (Alan Mowbray), in Tucson after having served a jail term for drunk driving. Johnny falls for Waffles, the pretty waitress, but is disturbed when the girl visits a remote cabin with a male friend, Tex (Rex Armond). Unbeknownst to all and sundry, Waffles is actually visiting her dying mother, but rumors fly and the students from a local college are soon prohibited from frequenting her café. HER SECRET was banned in many locations but after a few incendiary scenes had been deleted, the film enjoyed a wide release in 1936 under a new title, THE GIRL FROM GEORGIA. According to some reports, the production was financed by a local Tucson businessmen, one of whom was the father of supporting player Tex Armond. Despite her exotic name, leading lady Sari Miritza actually hailed from Great Britain.
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6621DHer Secret (DVD)http://oldies.s3.amazonaws.com/i/boxart/w340/66/21/089218662194.jpg?v=37.985.95USDInStock/Genre/Comedy-Movies/Labels/Alpha-Video/Product Groupings/Alpha-Video-DVDs/Sale Items/Alpha-DVD-Sale/Sale Items/Clearance-DVDs/Sale Items/CYBER-SALE/Sale Items/CYBER-SALE-Movies-TV/Sale Items/Over-20-Off-Movies-TVA truly bizarre comic-drama of love and redemption with really odd female lead, Sari Maritza.Alpha VideoDVDComedy-MoviesSALE2011-08-08