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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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Christopher 'Chris' Drew
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June Drew
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Miss Eleanor Emerson
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Valerie Broughton
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George Terry
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Mrs. Dell, Drew's Maid
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Billy Hopkins
Maxine Jennings ...
Miss Marian Moore
Mary Jo Ellis ...
Mildred Jackson
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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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13 November 1936 (USA)  »

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Nos Laços do Himeneu  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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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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An unfunny comedy that teenagers may enjoy.
4 November 1998 | by (Pine Grove, California) – See all my reviews

Perhaps it's a tribute to Anne Shirley's acting ability that I constantly felt infuriated at her meddling into her father's private life. I think not, because she always seems to act as though she was acting, which fits right into her character in this film. Of course, these feelings are from an adult perspective, and the film was primarily made for the teenage trade, and they will probably enjoy her antics. Her father's actions did not ring true, either. He, Herbert Marshall, has proposed to Shirley's English teacher, Gertrude Michael, and Shirley has the audacity to tell her she would not be welcome as a stepmother. It's not that she's jealous or doesn't want her father to remarry -- she's been pushing to have him marry Margot Grahame, a woman her father dislikes, although Shirley doesn't know that. When Marshall finds out about what she has done, instead of quick dressing down, he comforts the tearful, sickened Shirley and tells her everything is alright. Perhaps it happened, since Elizabeth Jordan's 1935 novel, "Daddy and I: A Chronicle of Small-Town Life and Youth, as Seen Through the Eyes of an Ultra-Modern Young Lady of Fifteen" may have been autobiographical. But I found it unlikely that any father would let his child get off the hook so lightly for such a severe interference. It seemed simply a plot device for the not-so-surprising ending.


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