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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Did You Know?


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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cute but the premise is hard to buy
7 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In order to find this film believable, you have to buy the premise that Constance Bennett, one of the most beautiful and glamorous Hollywood stars ever, is unattractive to men. Does her character, Venice Muir (her parents honeymooned in Venice) wear glasses, frumpy clothes, have dull hair? Uh, no, she looks like Constance Bennett, it's just that she's playing an intelligent woman who likes to read. Meanwhile, the woman who may have poisoned her husband gets all the attention at parties.

One night, while roaring drunk, a man with whom Venice is in love, Donnie Wainwright (David Manners), proposes and wants her to sail with him to France to be married. The next day, he's sober. So Venice travels alone.

In Paris, she meets a man Buy (Ben Lyons) whom she hires as a gigolo to bring her to parties and get her into the right circles so that she can meet someone. He has the idea that if he creates a "past" for her, she will be more exciting to men.

This is a nice film, but I didn't believe it for a second. Venice has intelligence, money, glamor, beauty, and guys want to date a woman who might have killed her husband? If it had been another actress, someone like Anna Lee, Sylvia Sidney, good-looking but perhaps not a knockout, it would have been more realistic.

For Constance Bennett fans. She is always a joy, and the performances are good, particularly from Ben Lyons.

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