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Ladies of Leisure (1930)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  5 April 1930 (USA)
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An upper-crust artist hires a 'party girl' as a model; romance follows.

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Ralph Graves ...
Jerry Strong
Lowell Sherman ...
Bill Standish
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Dot Lamar
Nance O'Neil ...
Mrs. Strong
George Fawcett ...
John Strong
Juliette Compton ...
Claire Collins
Johnnie Walker ...
Charlie
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Storyline

Jerry Strong is the son of a rich businessman, but wants to be a painter. He hires Kay Arnold, a good girl with a bad past, as a model. They fall in love, and plan to get married. But Jerry's parents raise strong objections. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Exotic settings! Daring Sequences! Pretty Girls! Gay Life! Dynamic Drama! See more »

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5 April 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ladies of the Evening  »

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1.20 : 1
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The play "Ladies of the Evening" by Milton Herbert Gropper opened at the Lyceum Theatre in New York on 23 December 1924 and closed in May 1925 after 159 performances. The opening night cast included Beth Merrill as "Kay," and James Kirkwood as "Jerry Strong." The play was produced by David Belasco See more »

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Although the onscreen credits state "Adapted from A David Belasco-Milton Herbert Gropper stage play," only Gropper was the author of the play; Belasco produced it. See more »

Quotes

Kay Arnold: I feel like getting into trouble!
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Featured in The 54th Annual Academy Awards (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

FRANKIE AND JOHNNIE
(1912) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Bert Leighton and Frank Leighton
Sung a cappella in part by Marie Prevost
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See it for Lowell Sherman
1 July 2011 | by (CA) – See all my reviews

This early talkie (so early I understand there was a silent version shot simultaneously) introduced me to the actor Lowell Sherman. Sherman plays drunken cad/best friend to leading man Ralph Graves, who portrays a rich artist. Barbara Stanwyck plays a roaring twenties-esque party girl who ends up modeling for Graves.

Stanwyck is excellent and captivating. This was early in her career, and it must've been clear that she was destined to become a star after this film came out. Ralph Graves, on the other hand, turns in one of the worst performances I've ever seen. Stiff, wooden, he almost sinks the picture. He doesn't connect emotionally with his own character or anyone else's. His career seemed to tank after this film. No surprise there.

Lloyd Sherman plays your proto-typical cad, and he's the best thing in the movie. He's a scoundrel, overtly trying to get down Stanwyck's pants while still maintaining his charm. Though you're supposed to root against him, you kind of like this ne'er do well. He fully embodies the role, and as far as talkies are concerned, I'd say he invented the drunken cad, the inebriated sophisticate. Actors as disparate as William Powell (think Thin Man) to Dudley Moore (think Arthur) owe Sherman a debt of gratitude.

Like Ralph Graves, Sherman is kind of forgotten today. It's not because, like Graves, he didn't have the goods to last and make his mark. It's because Sherman died a few years later, of pneumonia. At the time of his death, he was just starting to direct as well. If you love charming movie scoundrels, raise a glass in Mr. Sherman's honor. He would approve.


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