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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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Complete credited cast:
Venice Muir
Guy Bryson
Donnie Wainwright
Carlos Santiagos
Albert Conti ...
Merna Kennedy ...
Ann Duryea
Don Dillaway ...
Jerry (as Donald Dillaway)
Blanche Friderici ...
Nora (as Blanche Frederici)
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 | Drama | 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: Oh, Guy, you're so clever. How is it possible for one human being to know so much?
Guy Bryson: I should know. I've had two wives... shot out from underneath me.
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You're Driving Me Crazy
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Walter Donaldson
Played as dance music at Lola's partry
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31 October 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Constance Bennett is miserable. Despite having money and being a pretty lady, she is hardly noticed by men. Yet, at the same time, 'bad' women attract men like flies. For instance, one woman was acquitted for shooting her husband--and now men won't leave her alone! So, out of desperation, she hires a guy down on his luck to pose as her lover and create the impression she's a loose woman! He seems a bit worldly and indicates he knows how to make her attractive by making her mysterious and a bit trampy. The plan works pretty well--but, of course, by the end of the film several complications have occurred.

The plot is pretty clever and is carried off pretty well due to good acting from Bennett and Ben Lyon. Not a great film, but nice entertainment and worth your time.

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