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Vivacious Lady (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 7 August 1938 (Finland)
A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the consternation of his family and friends back home.

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

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Francey Morgan
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Peter Morgan, Jr.
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Keith Morgan
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Martha Morgan
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Peter Morgan, Sr.
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Helen
Phyllis Kennedy ...
Jenny
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Apartment Manager
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Culpepper - Teaching Assistant
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Charlie - Waiter Captain
Alec Craig ...
Joseph - Chauffeur
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Storyline

On a quick trip to the city, young university professor Peter Morgan falls in love with nightclub performer Francey Brent and marries her after a whirlwind romance. But when he goes back home, he can't bring himself to tell his conservative, ultra-respected family about it. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Comedy | Romance

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7 August 1938 (Finland)  »

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Ardid femenino  »

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$703,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film did fair at the box office, earning RKO a profit of $75,000 ($1.3M in 2017) according to studio records. See more »

Quotes

Peter Morgan, Jr.: Oh, sweetheart. Here we are arguing in public and nobody even knows we're married.
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Connections

Referenced in Five Came Back: The Mission Begins (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Down By the Old Mill Stream
(1910) (uncredited)
Written by Tell Taylor
Played as background music when Peter and Francey emerge from the canoe
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They're called "classics" for a reason
21 February 2007 | by (Houston, TX) – See all my reviews

It is no secret that my all-time favorite actor is Jimmy Stewart. Every Oscar season, I get an opportunity to catch up on some of his films I haven't seen. Today, Turner Classic Movies played Vivacious Lady. This two-time academy award nominee was a very fun film.

Ginger Rogers' upbeat and fun-loving leading lady is perfect opposite Stewart's shy, but stouthearted leading man. The two work amazing together. It is the epitome of the screwball comedic-romance popular in the 30' and 40's. I have never been a big fan of Ginger Rogers, but I love her in this.

If you can tear yourself away from whiz-bang special effects and poorly-written blockbusters featuring today's megastars... movies like these are worth a look. Not only are the actors much more interesting, but the writing is superior to the majority of films released today.


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