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Ex-Lady
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Director:
Writers:
David Boehm (screen play)
Edith Fitzgerald (story)
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Release Date:
15 May 1933 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
So frank . . so outspoken... so true... See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Sizzling Bette Davis - Gene Raymond romp See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bette Davis ... Helen Bauer
Gene Raymond ... Don Peterson
Frank McHugh ... Hugo Van Hugh
Monroe Owsley ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
George Beranger ... Dinner Guest / Pianist (uncredited)
Armand Kaliz ... Man Flirting With Iris (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Butler (uncredited)
Gay Seabrook ... Miss Seymour - Don's Secretary (uncredited)
Billy West ... Panhandler (uncredited)
Renee Whitney ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ynez ... Cuban Nightclub Dancer (uncredited)

Directed by
Robert Florey 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Boehm  screen play
Edith Fitzgerald  story
Robert Riskin  story

Produced by
Lucien Hubbard .... supervising producer (uncredited)
Darryl F. Zanuck .... producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Tony Gaudio 
 
Film Editing by
Harold McLernon 
 
Art Direction by
Jack Okey 
 
Costume Design by
Orry-Kelly (gowns)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Elmer Fryer .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor
 
Other crew
Stanley Logan .... dialogue director
 
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67 min
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Trivia:
Edith Fitzgerald's and Robert Riskin's story was actually an unproduced play copyrighted 1 July 1930.See more »
Quotes:
Nick Malvyn:I won't marry you.
Helen Bauer:Is that a promise?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Stardust: The Bette Davis Story (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Found My Romance (for Ten Cents a Dance)See more »

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15 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Sizzling Bette Davis - Gene Raymond romp, 24 February 2006
Author: overseer-3 from Florida

Going into Ex-Lady I really didn't expect Bette Davis to have that much chemistry with Gene Raymond, who has never been a particular favorite of mine; I always considered him too feminine a leading man, with that blonde hair and non-threatening, laid back physique. However in this film I was pleasantly surprised: I think working with dynamo Bette made Gene a much better actor. I get the feeling he really went to school watching her, and gave a performance to match. I like him a lot better here than in Red Dust, for instance.

The plot of Ex-Lady dances around a provocative subject quite deftly, with witty dialog and great pacing. Bette plays a successful commercial artist who is in love with a fellow who wants to marry her, but she is unwilling to take the plunge. She'd rather live in sin with her beloved. Even when confronted by her parents she defies tradition. However eventually she decides to marry her lover so that she doesn't lose him. The marriage has some jittery ups and downs, and in the interim we are treated to some fine character actors playing mischief makers popping in and out of the couple's life, creating mayhem.

Frank McHugh is quite funny and breezy as their ultimate matchmaker - even though he has his own secret yen for the artist, he does what he can to resolve the situation sacrificially. Monroe Owsley ("Private Number") is a leering confrontative distraction to Bette. Striking Kay Strozzi makes her play for the husband too desperately for her own good. All this makes for wonderful fun. However once again, as with most precode films, we have a traditional, conservative ending to our story. This may be realistic, it may not, to each his own. I prefer happy endings myself.

9 out of 10.

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