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Should Ladies Behave (1933)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 1 December 1933 (USA)
An unhappy couple watch as their daughter throws herself at an older man because he is a sophisticated artist. The daughter doesn't know that her aunt is the man's lover. At a weekend ... See full summary »

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An unhappy couple watch as their daughter throws herself at an older man because he is a sophisticated artist. The daughter doesn't know that her aunt is the man's lover. At a weekend retreat, everything comes to a head when the mother plans to run off with the artist while a young man pursues the daughter. Written by Ed Lorusso

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The original play opened in New York on 19 November 1930. See more »

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Augustus Merrick: Don't study too hard, dear. No college is worth it.
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References Dinner at Eight (1933) See more »

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Lovely Lady
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Played at a theater and sung by an unidentified couple on stage
Reprised a cappella by Alice Brady
Reprised a cappella by William Janney
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A Pleasant Diversion
28 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some call this a screwball comedy. Well, the only screwball is Laura Merrick (played by Alice Brady). At the beginning of the film, we think that her husband, Augustus (Lionel Barrymore), is a cantankerous meanie, but it does not take long to realize that he is remarkably tolerant when it comes to his loud, obnoxious wife.

Most of the action of the film is about their daughter, Leone (Mary Carlisle), who at age 19 laments her lack of experience and decides to remedy the situation by getting involved with a man more than twice her age. A young, more suitable suitor is Geoffrey Cole (William Janney), but his feelings towards Leone seem rather lukewarm.

"Should Ladies Behave" has a charm that most pre-code films possess, and the acting is fine. But it has the distinct feel of a play adaptation. That does not ruin the film, though, especially if you are interested in films of this era as representative of their time. They all play a game of Twenty Questions that is a glimpse into the past and perhaps the funniest part. Rate this film "pleasant".


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