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Vivacious Lady (1938)

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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Francey
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Peter
James Ellison ...
Keith
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Mrs. Morgan
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Mr. Morgan
Frances Mercer ...
Helen
Phyllis Kennedy ...
Jenny
Franklin Pangborn ...
Apt. Manager
Grady Sutton ...
Culpepper
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Waiter Captain
Alec Craig ...
Joseph
Willie Best ...
Porter
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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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Release Date:

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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After four days of shooting in April 1937, James Stewart became ill, but then left to star in Of Human Hearts (1938). RKO considered replacing Stewart, but shelved the production until December 1937. Actors Donald Crisp and Fay Bainter (as well as others), who were cast in the original production, were replaced by Charles Coburn and Beulah Bondi. See more »

Quotes

Helen: I'm going to give you a piece of my mind...
Francey: Oh, I couldn't take the last piece!
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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 sexy romantic comedy
14 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I admit to being a fan of romantic comedies. This is one of the very best. Stewart and Rogers are fantastic and surrounded by a great cast - most particularly Beulah Bondi and Grady Sutton.

The best part for 21st century viewers of the "ancient" classic is the amount of sexual tension the director (and Stewart and Rogers) put in the film. The scenes with the murphy bed in Roger's apartment are among the funniest and sexiest every filmed. I'm surprised this got by the censors back then! The pace of the film is excellent, the characters are charming, the romance is engaging, the acting is superb, and the writing is even more so.

Why this is not available on DVD is beyond me. If you get the chance, watch this film.


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