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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

Complete credited 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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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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(Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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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

Kay Arnold: When a dress costs over a hundred bucks, it's a frock!
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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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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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