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Ladies of Leisure (1930)

An upper-crust artist hires a 'party girl' as a model; romance follows.

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(as Frank R. Capra)

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(adapted from stage play), (adapted from stage play) | 1 more credit »
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Jerry Strong
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Bill Standish
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Dot Lamar
Nance O'Neil ...
Mrs. Strong
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John Strong
Juliette Compton ...
Claire Collins
Johnnie Walker ...
Charlie
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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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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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Capra later wrote that he was so smitten with the young Barbara Stanwyck at the time, he would have asked her to marry him if they both had been free at the time. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry and Kay are out on the roof at night, the stars are twinkling in the background, but at one point the stars that should be behind Kay (i.e., not visible) are superimposed on her face. See more »

Quotes

Bill Standish: Ever done any posing before?
Kay Arnold: I'm always posing.
Bill Standish: How do you spend your nights?
Kay Arnold: Re-posing.
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Referenced in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) See more »

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Music by Rudolf Friml
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Stanwyck good, Graves not so hot.
1 February 2009 | by (California) – See all my reviews

One reviewer here complimented the whole cast of "Ladies of Leisure." Well, I must respectfully disagree. I found Ralph Graves' performance to be rather wooden. Graves had been in films since he was teenager just after Word Ware I had ended, but clearly he found it difficult to deliver a natural performance in the sound medium.

I do recommend the film for historical purposes if nothing else. It was released in the Spring of 1930 and may have been filmed in late 1929. That would definitely qualify "Ladies of Leisure" as a member of that first generation of sound films dating from 1928 to 1930.

One thing I wondered about is whether a boom mic was used. I think someone else opined that hidden mics, placed here and there around the set were still used in this production. I do know from my reading that sound film technology was making progress just about on a week by week basis in those early days.


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