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Lady by Choice (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 15 October 1934 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
Alabam Lee
Patricia Patterson
Johnny Mills
Judge Daly
Arthur Hohl ...
Front O'Malley
James Burke ...
Mariska Aldrich ...
Johnny Boyle ...
Walsh (as John Boyle)


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 !


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

15 October 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hello Big Boy  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


Patricia 'Patsy' Patterson: I've always said, if you have to go before a judge, it should be Judge Daly. His bark is worse than his bite. Even if he is a Democrat, he has an understanding heart.
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Follows Lady for a Day (1933) See more »


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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Nice Capraesque story.
2 May 2005 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

This movie was a sequel of sorts to Capra's "Lady for a Day" and in it May Robson reprises her Apple Annie character. Indeed May Robson steals the show and gives by far the best performance. This film would be Carole Lombard's last with Columbia pictures. As with her film, "Brief Moment" her director at Columbia was David Burton and the character actor Arthur Hohl is on board again as costar, here playing her crooked manager.

Carole Lombard's performance is fair. She is trying hard and keeps herself animated, but seems to come up just short. She seems to suffer from a bad case of "over-acting". However, since she is playing a "bad" actress from the wrong side of town, I can't say this is too troubling. The story is complex and on the whole the acting is fine, so overall the viewing experience is pleasing and worth repeating. The ending does tug at your heart-strings and the resolution is well thought out. The characters examine their own faults and are able to take advantage of opportunities to grow...with a little help along the way.

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