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First Lady (1937)

Approved | | Comedy | 4 December 1937 (USA)
As presidential election time approaches in Washington it is the women behind the scenes who seem to be making the decisions.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucy Chase Wayne
Stephen Wayne
Emmy Page
Carter Hibbard
Irene Hibbard
Gordon Keane
Belle Hardwick
Marjorie Gateson ...
Sophy Prescott
Mrs. Lavinia Mae Creevey
George Mason
Ellsworth T. Banning
Eric Stanley ...
Tom Hardwicke
Lucile Gleason ...
Mrs. Ives (as Lucille Gleason)
Mrs. Mason


As presidential election time approaches in Washington it is the women behind the scenes who seem to be making the decisions.

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4 December 1937 (USA)  »

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Intrigas da Alta Roda  »

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First Lady (1935). Comedy. Written by Katharine Dayton and George S. Kaufman. Directed by George S. Kaufman. Music Box Theatre: 26 Nov 1935- Jun 1936 (closing date unknown/246 performances). Cast: Jane Cowl (as "Lucy Chase Wayne"), Florenz Ames, Don Beddoe (as "Jason Fleming"), Leslie Bingham, Isis Brinn, Helen Brooks, Jessie Busley, Lily Cahill, Armand Cortes (as "Senor Ortega"), Frank Dae (as "George Mason"), Thomas Findlay, Ruth Hovey, Bradford Hunt, Naoe Kondo, Charles La Rue, Judson Laire, Donald McKenzie, Lillian Norton, Daniel Ocko, George Parsons, Diantha Pattison (as "Sophy"), Susan Powers, Stanley Ridges (as "Stephen Wayne"), Margherita Sargent, James Seeley, John M. Troughton, Rita Vale (as "Ann Forrester"), Regina Wallace, Ethel Wilson, Hon. Wu, Oswald Yorke (as "Cater Hibbard"). Produced by Sam Harris. Note: FIlmed by Warner Brothers in 1937 as a Kay Francis vehicle. See more »


Here Comes the Sandman
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Irene is complaining about the books
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I guess I am just in the minority on this one...
18 February 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Wow...the reviews for this film and mine are going to be a lot different. I guess that's okay, as there are movies for all tastes and I just didn't happen to like this one very much.

Kay Francis plays the lead as a very manipulative woman who is married to the Secretary of State. She and all the women seem to think their very successful husbands are actually idiots who can be easily manipulated by them into greater and greater political success. In other words, the women are all conniving and the men, generally, are quite dim.

While all this apparently went over very well in the 1930s on stage, I wonder how many other people might dislike the film because of its rather old fashioned and sexist ideas. My concern was actually less because of sexism but more because it all seemed so incredibly contrived and fake--and almost like the relationship between the women and men from "The Flintstones"! Plus none of the characters seemed particularly nice or likable. Instead of the conniving, I would love to have seen a more gentle film where a wife DOES help her husband become a success because they are a team--less because she's the reincarnation of Macchiavelli! Overall, this film does not seem to have aged well. I think had the men and women not been such obvious stereotypes OR if they had made the characters a bit more evil and manipulative, it would have been a better film (though in the latter case, it certainly wouldn't have been a comedy).

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