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Lady with a Past (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 19 February 1932 (USA)
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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Cast

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Venice Muir
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Guy Bryson
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Donnie Wainwright
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Carlos Santiagos
Albert Conti ...
Rene
Merna Kennedy ...
Ann Duryea
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Lola
Don Dillaway ...
Jerry (as Donald Dillaway)
Blanche Friderici ...
Nora (as Blanche Frederici)
John Roche ...
Carl
Cornelius Keefe ...
Spaulding
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Aunt Emma
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Release Date:

19 February 1932 (USA)  »

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Reputation  »

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Budget:

$541,075 (estimated)
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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Venice's offer to pay Guy 2,500 francs per week (plus expenses) would equate to approximately $100 per week at the time, or about $1,760 in 2016. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Guy Bryson: Come along, come along. I want to give you a practical lesson in what used to be called sin.
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Soundtracks

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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