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Public Deb No. 1

Public Deb No. 1 (or Elsa Maxwell's Public Deb No. 1) is a 1940 American comedy film directed by Gregory Ratoff and starring George Murphy, Brenda Joyce and Ralph Bellamy.[1]

Public Deb No. 1
Public Deb No. 1 - movieposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Gregory Ratoff
Produced by Darryl F. Zanuck
Written by Don Ettlinger
Karl Tunberg
Darrell Ware
Starring George Murphy
Brenda Joyce
Ralph Bellamy
Music by David Buttolph
Alfred Newman
Cinematography Ernest Palmer
Edited by Robert L. Simpson
Distributed by Twentieth Century Fox
Release date
September 13, 1940
Running time
79 minutes
Country United States
Language English



A socialite is introduced to communism by her butler.[2]

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The film's sets were designed by the art directors Richard Day and Rudolph Sternad.


  1. ^ Dick p.270
  2. ^ "Elsa Maxwell's Public Deb No. 1". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. 


  • Dick, Bernard F. The Star-Spangled Screen: The American World War II Film. University Press of Kentucky, 2015.

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