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Lady with a Past (1932)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  19 February 1932 (USA)
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A wealthy, proper society girl finds that she's much more popular with men when she pretends to be a "bad" girl.



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Complete credited cast:
Venice Muir
Guy Bryson
David Manners ...
Donnie Wainwright
Carlos Santiagos
Albert Conti ...
Merna Kennedy ...
Ann Duryea
Astrid Allwyn ...
Don Dillaway ...
Jerry (as Donald Dillaway)
Blanche Friderici ...
Nora (as Blanche Frederici)
John Roche ...
Cornelius Keefe ...
Aunt Emma


A wealthy, proper society girl finds that she's much more popular with men when she pretends to be a "bad" girl.

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

19 February 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Reputation  »

Box Office


$541,075 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Was about to start filming with rising star Robert Williams in the role of Guy when Williams died from a sudden attack of appendicitis and peritonitis. Ben Lyon replaced him in the role. See more »


About 12 minutes into the film, Constance mentions to the host that her drink is strong. When the host offers to taste it, she hands him a glass that has less liquid than when it cuts to him tasting the cocktail. See more »


Venice Muir: People who live in glass houses shouldn't live in glass houses.
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Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Whistled by David Manners
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That's the Story and She's Sticking To It
30 October 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

This is a charming, subtle little pre-code in which everything is implied and little actually shown.

Constance Bennet is a good girl from a good New York family and no one finds her interesting. In Paris she finds Ben Lyon, an indigent American who bums a beer from her. She hires him as a gigolo and he shows her how to be fascinating to men, using frequent kicks to the shin to encourage her education.

Lyon is particularly good in his fast-talking role and Miss Bennet is at her most charming. The two have real chemistry together and Edward Griffith directs with a gracefully moving camera under the control of the under-rated Hal Mohr. All of these combine to produce a comedy that is knowing without being cynical.

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