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First Lady (1937)

 -  Comedy  -  4 December 1937 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lucy Chase Wayne
Preston Foster ...
Stephen Wayne
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Emmy Page
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Carter Hibbard
Verree Teasdale ...
Irene Hibbard
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Gordon Keane
Marjorie Rambeau ...
Belle Hardwick
Marjorie Gateson ...
Sophy Prescott
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Mrs. Lavinia Mae Creevey
Henry O'Neill ...
George Mason
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Ellsworth T. Banning
Eric Stanley ...
Tom Hardwicke
Lucile Gleason ...
Mrs. Ives (as Lucille Gleason)
Sara Haden ...
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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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 »

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Fifty-Second Street
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Saul Chaplin
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President-making way back when
19 December 2009 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Before the Web, before TV, before mass media, evidently Presidents were chosen at Washington cocktail parties and in smoke-filled rooms, judging from this talky but amusing filming of a hit George S. Kaufman stage comedy. The behind-the-scenes machinations are, as noted elsewhere, dated, but the Washington types--ambitious wives, stuffy old coots, self-important self-proclaimed representatives of the "women of America," newspaper barons--are still around, and you may be reminded of Cindy McCain or Rupert Murdoch when you view Verree Teasdale and Grant Mitchell. Teasdale really makes the movie, as the dissatisfied spouse of a preternaturally stupid Supreme Court justice (Walter Connolly, wonderful); her bitch-dialog scenes with Kay Francis have the tang of Norma Shearer and Joan Crawford in "The Women." Credit what must have been some original Kaufman stage dialog lovingly preserved by the filmmakers, who add little cinematically. Francis hasn't quite the natural bitchiness her character requires, and Preston Foster is a dullard of a Secretary of State, but the supporting cast is a pip--there's one exchange between Victor Jory and Anita Louise about corn stalks, of all things, that justifies the whole movie. It starts a bit slowly, and it's stagy, but it's very entertaining.


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