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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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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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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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In 1962, producer-director Robert Aldrich was preparing the prologue to What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) He chose a scene from Parachute Jumper (1933) and this film to document the fact that the young Jane was a flop as a movie star.See more »
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Don Peterson:Move over, sweetheart, your husband is home to stay.See more »
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8 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
pre-code early Bette programmer, 7 May 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Well, well, imagine my surprise when I saw two people in a double bed. That's right - precode, no whitewash. Bette Davis and Gene Raymond star in "Ex-Lady," about talented illustrator Helen Bauer, a career girl with very definite ideas about marriage - she's against it. Don (Raymond) has a key to her apartment, but he finally talks her into marriage. After a wonderful Havana honeymoon, the two return to find his ad agency, at which she now works, is in shambles. The two seem to grow unhappier until they decide it's just not working. But while separated, he and Helen find that the emotions they thought they left behind in marriage are still very much present.

I wasn't as enthusiastic about "Ex-Lady" as some of the other posters. It's slow-moving and stagy. It's based on an unproduced play, and it's not hard to see why it wasn't produced. Still, it's fascinating - Davis is all of about 28, tiny and pretty, and her screen persona is as yet unset. The feminist premise is very interesting, as are all of the precode elements. Davis and Raymond display quite a bit of chemistry, and talk about not having your screen persona - Frank McHugh wanders around as if he's on another planet! There's also a rendition of a cut version of Wagner's "Dich, teure Halle" at a party.

Davis does fine in her role, but of course, this isn't the type of thing she would shine in once Warners caught on. Raymond has never impressed me much, but if Jeannette MacDonald was forced to marry him, apparently he impressed Louis B. Mayer.

All in all, "Ex-Lady" is worth seeing for early Davis and as a pre-code film, which makes some of the movie seem quite modern.

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