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Ladies of Leisure (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 5 April 1930 (USA)
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
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Mrs. Strong
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John Strong
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Claire Collins
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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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Exotic settings! Daring Sequences! Pretty Girls! Gay Life! Dynamic Drama! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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5 April 1930 (USA)  »

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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 »

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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

Kay Arnold: I feel like getting into trouble!
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Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) See more »

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Shoo Shoo Boogie Boo
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Written by Reginald Connelly, Sam Coslow, Leo Robin, Richard A. Whiting
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Good early Barbara Stanwyck tear-jerker directed by Capra...
18 May 2009 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Considering that movies only began to talk in 1928, this early sound film starring BARBARA STANWYCK as a girl of ill repute (she calls herself a party girl), and RALPH GRAVES as an artist who wants to use her as a model, is not bad at all. It's certainly one of the better jobs in sound recording for a film made in the early '30s. As usual with films of this period, there is almost no music on the soundtrack except for the moment when "The End" is flashed on the screen. In the TCM print I watched, the screen then fades to black while some "exit" music is played against a dark screen.

Stanwyck is the prostitute with a heart of gold who finds a good man and doesn't want to let him go, even when his family objects to their union when he proposes marriage. She is convinced by the mother to give him up--but circumstances change after she makes a rash decision.

Stanwyck is excellent at conveying the brassy qualities of the character, but then reveals the softer nature of the girl as she falls in love with the man who only wants to paint her portrait. The tenderness of the romance that develops is full of nuances that one wouldn't expect from a Frank Capra film. The sentimental ending is more in keeping with his usual style.

RALPH GRAVES gives a quiet, assured performance as the man who finds that he does really love Stanwyck. LOWELL SHERMAN does his usual schtick as an inebriated friend who flounces around making wisecracks. MARIE PREVOST has some good moments as Stanwyck's roommate and NANCE O'NEIL does a good job as Grave's well-meaning mother.

Stanwyck fans will appreciate her well modulated performance.


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