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Once a Lady is a 1931 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Guthrie McClintic and starring Ruth Chatterton, Ivor Novello and Jill Esmond. The film, produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures, is a remake of the Pola Negri silent film Three Sinners (1928). The film was the final attempt by British matinée idol Novello to establish himself in Hollywood.

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This was Ivor Novello's only appearance in a Hollywood feature film. Hugely successful in the UK as a film and theatre performer, dramatist and songwriter and lionized as the epitome of modern male beauty, he was signed up by MGM and installed in a house in Malibu. The money was good, but frustratingly the opportunities to work turned out to be few and far between. Producers and directors felt he was too effete for American audiences - they preferred the more rugged masculinity of Gary Cooper - so instead of appearing in front of the camera, he was relegated to back-room work, such as contributing the dialogue for the first Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movie, Tarzan the Ape Man (1932). He is supposed to have come up with the dialogue for the immortal "You Tarzan, Me Jane" scene. There was plenty of time to party and he spent a great deal of it with his Hollywood best friends, Joan Crawford and 'Douglas Fairbanks Jr'. He also mixed with the gay set that included William Haines and Lilyan Tashman. He struck up an enduring friendship with Greta Garbo (he could speak a few words of Swedish after a propaganda visit to Stockholm during WWI) and he may have had a romance with Ramon Navarro among others. Knowing he was keen to appear as an actor in a motion picture, his close friend Ruth Chatterton suggested that Paramount hire him for Once a Lady (1931), in which she was to star. Not long afterwards Novello talked Irving Thalberg into suspending his contract, and he headed back to the UK. In his luggage he had the manuscripts of at least two new plays, written during his spare-time in Hollywood, and soon they would be big hits in London's West End. Once reestablished back in Britain, he embarked on a brand new phase of his career, as the writer, composer and star of spectacular musicals for the Theatre Royal Drury Lane which would make him one of the British Stage's greatest box-office draws of the 30s, 40s and early 50s. See more »

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Chatterton gives fine characterization in poor early talkie
3 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Combining the plots of MADAME X and EAST LYNNE, with a touch of the far later TO EACH HIS OWN, this very turgid early talkie is ultra-melodramatic with poor acting all round, with of course the exception of Chatterton, who bites into her character - a Russian emigree, the toast of Paris, who marries, inadvisably, into a stuffy British family, from which she rebels. Later she is able to give her grown daughter guidance, with the latter not knowing the woman is her mother.

Ivor Novello is seen in 7 scenes as a former friend, who rescues her from her marriage, only to lose her again: restaurant, garden party, tete a tete at party, lunch, train, departure from train, Paris apartment. He is as always in his six talkies, stiff and unable to act for the camera. His success in silents was undisputed, but luckily, his failure in talkies did not stop his career. He went on to write 8 musicals for London society, as composer and librettist and win the hearts of Britains in this capacity.

Ultimately, for Chatterton fans only.


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