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Lady with a Past (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, 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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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
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Jerry (as Donald Dillaway)
Blanche Friderici ...
Nora (as Blanche Frederici)
John Roche ...
Carl
Cornelius Keefe ...
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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 | Romance

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19 February 1932 (USA)  »

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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: We're bound to met some fellas here.
Venice Muir: Oh, Guy, I'm scared.
Guy Bryson: Oh, come along. So was Eve and look what a mess she made of Adam.
Venice Muir: Oh, I know; but, I don't want to make a mess of anyone.
Guy Bryson: I know, my pet, they never want to.
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Siboney
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Ernesto Lecuona
Played as dance music at a Paris nightclub
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Gorgeous Constance Bennett, Breezy Ben Lyon
4 July 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a surprising delight this film is. Constance Bennett plays a rich wallflower who just can't get the guys in her set interested. She's also has a crush on boozy and shallow David Manners. One night when he is drunk he asks her to marry him and meet him on a boat to Europe the next morning. Of course he sobers up, and she ends up going alone.

In Paris Bennett meets a charming and broke guy (Ben Lyon)whom she hires as her "gigolo" so that he can show her around and meet people. Lyon hits on the idea of making up stories about her "past" so that men will be interested. They get along great and their plan is wildly successful until a surprising event occurs.

Bennett is quite good underplaying her sympathetic role. Lyon is terrific as the cynical but honest guy. Manners is also good as the callous boozer. Cast also includes Nella Walker, Albert Conti, Astrid Allwyn, Don Alvarado, Blanche Frederici, Bruce Cabot, and Merna Kennedy.

The ending is quite a surprise.


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