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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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Lucy Chase Wayne
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Stephen Wayne
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Emmy Page
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Carter Hibbard
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Irene Hibbard
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Gordon Keane
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Belle Hardwick
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Sophy Prescott
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Mrs. Lavinia Mae Creevey
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George Mason
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Ellsworth T. Banning
Eric Stanley ...
Tom Hardwicke
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Mrs. Ives (as Lucille Gleason)
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Mrs. Mason
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Charles
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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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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 »

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Yankee Doodle
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Not the Washington of Today (or ever, really)

A very dated but still amusing political comedy, "First Lady" showcases Kay Francis's great comedic talent as the wife of a secretary of state destined, in her view, for the White House once presided over by her grandpa. The screen text as the film begins to roll alerts viewers to the "fact" that men control politics but behind the scenes the ladies are not without influence. Dated! But funny!

A comedy of machinations and quick-witted dialogue, "First Lady" is a period piece and it's fun to see how the filmmakers of the late 30s fantasized a Washington that never was. This must have been a nice distraction as America inched out of the Depression and moved closer to global war. It's good entertainment today.


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