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
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGregory Ratoff
Produced byDarryl F. Zanuck
Written byDon Ettlinger
Karl Tunberg
Darrell Ware
StarringGeorge Murphy
Brenda Joyce
Ralph Bellamy
Music byDavid Buttolph
Alfred Newman
CinematographyErnest Palmer
Edited byRobert L. Simpson
Distributed byTwentieth Century Fox
Release date
September 13, 1940
Running time
79 minutes
CountryUnited States


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

Partial cast


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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