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Ex-Lady (1933)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 15 May 1933 (USA)
Although free spirit Helen Bauer does not believe in marriage, she consents to marry Don, but his infidelities cause her to also take on a lover.

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Helen Bauer
Gene Raymond ...
Don Peterson
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Hugo Van Hugh
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Nick Malvyn
Claire Dodd ...
Iris Van Hugh
Kay Strozzi ...
Peggy Smith
Ferdinand Gottschalk ...
Mr. Herbert Smith
Alphonse Ethier ...
Mr. Adolphe Bauer - Helen's Father
Bodil Rosing ...
Mrs. Bauer - Helen's Mother
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Storyline

Commercial artist Helen Bauer believes marriage kills romance. She lives with advertising writer Don Peterson. He convinces her to marry him. He later carries on with client Peggy Smith; Helen takes up with Don's competitor Nick Malvyn. In the end, the couple agree to give marriage another chance. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A Intrusa  »

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$93,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Remake of the 1931 film, Illicit, starring Barbara Stanwyck. See more »

Quotes

Don Peterson: Move over, sweetheart, your husband is home to stay.
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Featured in Complicated Women (2003) See more »

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Dich, theure Halle
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From "Tannhäuser, Act II"
Written by Richard Wagner
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odd,....just plain odd,......
5 May 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

While most of the reviews are pretty positive for this film, I wasn't so impressed by it and it left me awfully confused. That's because this movie seemed to strongly support open marriage and living together--real taboos for the 1930s and its obvious this was made just as the Hays Code was about to be enforced. Such a film NEVER could have been made just a few years later.

I was confused also because frankly I didn't find the relationship between Bette Davis and Franchot Tone very romantic. Yes, I am a very traditional person and I just didn't buy their contention that marriage was a sham. But, this DOES make the film a bit of a curiosity.

Overall, this film isn't one of Davis' best. She made some marvelous films in the 1930s and a lot of really mediocre and lousy ones as well--so variable in quality that Ms. Davis tried to break her contract with Warner Brothers. This would seem to be such a mediocre film.


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