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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Complete credited cast:
Ralph Graves ...
Jerry Strong
Bill Standish
Dot Lamar
Nance O'Neil ...
Mrs. Strong
George Fawcett ...
John Strong
Juliette Compton ...
Claire Collins
Johnnie Walker ...


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 <>

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Drama | Romance





Release Date:

5 April 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ladies of the Evening  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several sources list Graves' character name incorrectly as "Jerry Strange". (Perhaps his name was spelled thus in the silent version?) But in the soundtrack of the talkie version, spoken dialog clearly identifies his surname as "Strong", including the crucial phone call (trying to save the heroine's life), in which he says, "I'm Jerry Strong." See more »


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 »


Kay Arnold: When a dress costs over a hundred bucks, it's a frock!
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Referenced in Manhattan Parade (1931) See more »


(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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