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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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(adapted from stage play), (adapted from stage play), 1 more credit »
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Cast

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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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ALL TALKING DRAMA OF NEW YORK'S NIGHT LIFE See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

5 April 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ladies of the Evening  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Frank Capra wrote the first draft of Ladies of Leisure, before Jo Swerling took over. According to his interview "I went to my hotel, locked myself in my room and for five days pounded out a rewrite story of the plot I'd heard, interrupting the writing only long enough for black coffee, sandwiches and brief snitches of sleep. I was simply writing a newspaper yarn with a longer deadline than usual. The result was Ladies of Leisure." See more »

Goofs

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

Jerry Strong: I'm over 18 years old, you know.
Bill Standish: Well, most men never get to be 18. And most women are over 18 when they're born.
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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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Rough, but interesting.
12 September 2002 | by (northridge, ca) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of the legendary Barbara Stanwyck's earliest starring roles. The title of the movie actually refers to prostitutes and that is what Stanwyck plays in this one, though it is, of course, only suggested. The set-up is that Stanwyck, a prostitute, is hired by a painter to be a model for one of his paintings. Through the course of the movie, Stanwyck's character, who has never know real love, is touched by the young painter's caring gestures (though to him, he is only being polite). As always, the beautiful Stanwyck carries the movie in the palm of her hand, and when the film is serious, it's pretty decent. Some problems arise in the humorous scenes with her chubby co-star (who died later in the decade because of self-starvation), a stereotypical, high-pitched, talkative New York girl who has too much of a silly vaudevillian personality to generate many laughs (remember, this is early 1930 and vaudeville was just beginning to wind down). Like a lot of early talkies, this movie is roughly edited, and the acting by the male lead is somewhat wooden. The story is okay, perhaps a bit too sentimental, but the movie is an interesting glance into the 1930s and the early stages of a screen Goddess' career.


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