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Make Way for a Lady (1936)

Approved | | Comedy | 13 November 1936 (USA)
A teenager plays cupid for her widowed father but picks the wrong woman.

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Pulp novelist Valerie Broughton moves close to her publisher, Christopher Drew, and gives him her latest novel, inscribed "Our Story." She explains that it means only that she couldn't have written it without his help. But when Drew's daughter, June, reads the book and sees the inscription, she jumps to the conclusion that her father is the man and Valerie the woman in her story of unrequited love. Further, she overhears her friend's mother say that Drew would get married if it weren't for his devotion to June. So June resolves to bring Valerie and her father together, not knowing that her father feels Valerie is too pushy, and that he's really fond of June's English teacher, Eleanor Emerson, and has even proposed marriage to her. When June learns of Drew's fondness for Eleanor, she even goes so far as to tell her she would not be welcome as a stepmother. Then June goes back to Valerie to tell her the way is cleared for her, but she sees another man in her house who admits he was the ... Written by Arthur Hausner <genart@volcano.net>

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Nos La├žos do Himeneu  »

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June Drew: I have heard a lake lark singing in two human hearts... I must hearken to its song.
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"I'd like to take a sock at whoever discovered this guy Shakespeare."
18 August 2014 | by See all my reviews

June (Anne Shirley), a bright teenager with overly romantic ideas, jumps to the conclusion that novelist Valerie (Margot Grahame) is in love with June's publisher father Chris (Herbert Marshall). So she conspires to get the two together, not knowing that Valerie is in love with another man and Chris is in love with June's teacher Eleanor (Gertrude Michael).

I just love Anne Shirley. She's one of my favorite actresses from the '30s and a very underrated comedienne. It's a shame she never broke through to become a major star. Aside from being exceptionally pretty, she's also charming and adorable in every movie I've seen her in. "Make Way for a Lady" is a fine example of her talent. Herbert Marshall is his usual dignified self but gets to let loose some, which is nice. I can count on one hand the number of movies I've seen him smile. Margot Grahame and Gertrude Michael are both a little on the forgettable side. Frank Coghlan, Jr. (Billy Batson from the Captain Marvel serial) has an amusing supporting part.

Unfortunately, it does lose steam after a strong start. There are two primary reasons for this. First, whenever Shirley's not on screen things are dullsville. Also, in the second half the movie becomes more serious in tone and a little too much like a soaper versus the light romantic comedy feel of the first half. Still, it's an enjoyable B picture from RKO, helped by a short runtime. See it for Anne Shirley, a fine actress who deserves wider recognition.


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