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Lady by Choice (1934)

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Fan dancer Alabam Lee is convicted of breaching the morals code with her racy shows. Her agent has her adopt a "mother" from an old ladies home as a publicity ploy to improve her image. ... See full summary »

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Alabam Lee
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Roger Pryor ...
Johnny Mills
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Judge Daly
Arthur Hohl ...
Kendall
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Front O'Malley
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Henry Kolker ...
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Fan dancer Alabam Lee is convicted of breaching the morals code with her racy shows. Her agent has her adopt a "mother" from an old ladies home as a publicity ploy to improve her image. Alabam chooses Patricia"Patsy" Patterson, a drunk and disorderly street lady with a past. Patsy has a protector in Johnny Mills, the lawyer son of her old flame. When Johnny comes to visit Patsy he meets Alabam and the two eventually fall in love. Both Patsy and the everpresent Judge Daly think that Alabam is golddigging for Johnny's money and their attempts to break things up puts the relationship on shaky ground. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Men who loved her grew sadder - but WISER !

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15 October 1934 (USA)  »

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While many cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the 76-minute print available today, they were left in the cast list because of the missing 9 minutes. See more »

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Patricia 'Patsy' Patterson: Old people are respectable in spite of themselves.
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Follows Lady for a Day (1933) See more »

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M-O-T-H-E-R, a Word That Means the World to Me
(1915) (uncredited)
Music by Theodore Morse
Lyrics by Howard Johnson
Sung by Abe Dinovitch in the bar, with piano accompaniment
Partially sung a cappella by May Robson at her trial
Played on piano and partially sung by Carole Lombard
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Entertaining comedy with fine work from the two leads
20 August 2012 | by (Minnesota) – See all my reviews

May Robson and Carole Lombard are both excellent as something like mother and daughter in this fast moving and enjoyable comedy.

Robson is the likable but down-and-out hard drinker who winds up before judge Walter Connolly for starting a riot in a bar; it's her seventh or eighth time up on charges, and he finally sends her off to a home for old ladies.

Meanwhile, fan dancer Lombard is brought into the same courtroom for a morals code violation—actually a failed publicity stunt arranged by her agent.

Setting out to find some good publicity, Lombard hits on the idea of "adopting" a mother. Discovering Robson in the old ladies' home, Lombard takes her home, dresses her up, calls up some reporters, and has some pictures taken. The plan is to quickly pay off the old lady and get her to scram; however, the two women begin to get acquainted….

The rest of the plot is hardly surprising; Lombard sums it up nicely at one point: "I did it for a publicity gag. But she got under my skin."

Roger Pryor is fine as the lawyer who has an old family connection with Robson, and takes an interest in Lombard. Walter Connolly is excellent as usual as the judge—though he puts on many faces (stern, concerned, exasperated) he is of course at heart an old softie.

No huge surprises but quite satisfying overall; the plot and script are no great shakes but it's all made more than worthwhile by top efforts from Lombard and Robson.


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