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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Female (1933)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Alison Drake, the tough-minded executive of an automobile factory, succeeds in the man's world of business until she meets an independent design engineer.

Directors: Michael Curtiz, William Dieterle, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Lois Wilson
Certificate: Passed Action | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

This was the first sound remake of the Hitchcock silent classic inspired by the Jack the Ripper legend. Ivor Novello, who played the title role and headed the team writing the script, was ... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Elvey
Stars: Ivor Novello, Elizabeth Allan, A.W. Baskcomb
Night World (1932)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Story of the goings-on at a Prohibition-era nightclub.

Director: Hobart Henley
Stars: Lew Ayres, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A crippled man finds a boy and vows to make him a great dancer.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Charles Butterworth
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two gold diggers prey on old rich men, but one of them falls in love with a young, rich man.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Kay Francis, Joel McCrea, Lilyan Tashman
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The ten year marriage of of Caroline Van Dyke and Greg Grannard is falling apart. A young woman, Allison, plots to become his second wife. Caroline's friend, novelist Julian, has long loved... See full summary »

Director: Alfred E. Green
Stars: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Bette Davis
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

A young wife wants to have children, but her husband neglects her. She confides her longings to a handsome brain surgeon. Complications ensue.

Director: Richard Wallace
Stars: Ruth Chatterton, Robert Ames, Paul Lukas
The Crash (1932)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Rich couple loses their fortune in stock market crash.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Ruth Chatterton, George Brent, Lois Wilson
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Director: Dorothy Arzner
Stars: Ruth Chatterton, Clive Brook, Paul Lukas
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A woman becomes estranged from her daughter when the girl learns that she is illegitimate.

Director: Richard Wallace
Stars: Ruth Chatterton, Paul Lukas, David Manners
Autumn Crocus (1934)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Director: Basil Dean
Stars: Ivor Novello, Fay Compton, Muriel Aked
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In London a young lady meets a homeless and apparently penniless Russian prince. She introduces him to her middle-class Fulham family and he moves in. It turns out he still has a number of ... See full summary »

Director: Maurice Elvey
Stars: Ivor Novello, Ursula Jeans, Ida Lupino
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Anna Keremazoff
...
Bennett Cloud
...
Faith Penwick the Girl
Geoffrey Kerr ...
Jimmy Fenwick
Doris Lloyd ...
Lady Ellen Somerville
Herbert Bunston ...
Roger Fenwick
Gwendolyn Logan ...
Mrs. Fenwick
Stella Moore ...
Alice Fenwick
Edith Kingdon ...
Caroline Gryce
...
Allen Corinth
...
Harry Cosden
...
Miss Bleeker
Claude King ...
Sir William Gresham
...
Jane Vernon
Susanne Ransom ...
Faith Fenwick, the Child (as Suzanne Ransom)
Edit

Storyline

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.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on play | See All (1) »

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

7 November 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Duas Vidas  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Connections

Version of Three Sinners (1928) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Mother saves long lost daughter
17 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Poor Ruth Chatterton! This film is a prime example of why she left Paramount to go to Warners. She plays a Free thinking Russian who marries a stuffy British man. The family is naturally displeased and show it. They have a daughter. Ruth is indiscreet with another brit,played by Ivor Novello and is of course run out of England. Being that this is before the code she doesn't end up in the gutter but wealthy in Paris. The years fly by and the daughter now grown ends up in Paris, desperately in need of guidance. The plot and dialogue were dated even in 1931. What makes this film is the really wonderful performance by Ruth Chatterton. She makes up believe this film and plays the character of Anna almost like she is real. She is full of emotion, she makes mistakes and accepts them and accepts the lot in life she is given. It is easy to see why a young Bette Davis was in awe of her. This is a rarely seen film but one worth watching for Miss Chatterton.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Once a Lady (1931) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?