Service de Luxe

Service de Luxe
Directed by Rowland V. Lee
Produced by Edmund Grainger
Written by Vera Caspary
Bruce Manning
Gertrude Purcell
Leonard Spigelgass
Starring Constance Bennett
Vincent Price
Charles Ruggles
Helen Broderick
Music by Charles Henderson
Cinematography George Robinson
Edited by Ted J. Kent
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • October 12, 1938 (1938-10-12)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Service de Luxe is a 1938 American comedy film directed by Rowland V. Lee and starring Constance Bennett, Vincent Price and Charles Ruggles.[1]



Helen Murphy, alias Dorothy Madison number 1 (Constance Bennett), runs a very successful agency, "Dorothy Madison Services," for wealthy people who need someone to run their lives. A huge staff is up 24 hours a day to attend to all sorts of problems. Her alter ego, Pearl, alias Dorothy Madion 2 (Helen Broderick), is there to assist Murphy, who dreams of finding a man who is able to run his own life.

Robert Wade, a young inventor, leaves behind him in Albany, New York five old aunts who tried to run his life. He comes to town to develop his tractor model. Murphy and Wade meet on the boat. Murphy is orders from Wade's uncle (Lionel Belmore), who is client of Madison Services, but she picks the wrong man to send back home, while she meets Wade and is instantly fascinated by him, although he thinks she's not a career girl and thinks she is rather helpless.

When she discovers that the man she met on the boat was Wade, she has some problems how to manage this relationship. Her client Mr. Robinson (Charles Ruggles) is willing to finance Wade's tractor model and arranges a laboratory for him. Unfortunately, his daughter Audrey (Joy Hodges) wants to marry Wade. While her father has adapted a kitchen in his library to be taught how to cook by Bibenko (Mischa Auer), Audrey tries to be in the basement laboratory with Wade. When it comes out that Bibenko is a Russian prince, Audrey finds he's the better husband-to-be. Wade marries Murphy, who leaves behind her career-girl life to become a wife.


  1. Kellow p.211


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