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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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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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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

Hattie - Maid at Prom Dance: If my husband wouldn't let me smoke, I'd find me a way to get me a husband that would.
Francey: It depends on which you enjoy the most.
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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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very funny, but what a dysfunctional family!
16 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This premise of this movie, remarkably spineless son can't tell his parent's he's married an oddly forgiving nightclub singer, is pretty absurd, but what the movie lacks in sense it makes up for in humor. It's a very likable movie with a typically engaging performance by Rogers and a typically amiable one by Stewart.

The funny thing about this movie is it accepts the family dynamics as just another wacky family, and by the standards of 1940s screwball comedies I suppose it is, but I couldn't help but think about how you could take the same family dynamic - dominating patriarch, a frail, timorous wife, two sons, one fearful and the other somewhat dissolute - and you've the makings of some grim stage drama by Arthur Miller or someone.

Well, that's the danger of getting older; when I was watching every old movie as a teenager I was oblivious to these contextual issues, but happily I am still able to enjoy a dopey comedy like this one.


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