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Lady with Red Hair (1940)

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A messy divorce leaves Mrs. Leslie Carter shunned by Chicago society for being an adulteress and forbidden from having custody of her son. She's determined to return to her hometown in a ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Caroline Carter
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Richard Ainley ...
Lou Payne
Laura Hope Crews ...
Mrs. Dudley
Helen Westley ...
Mrs. Frazier
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Charles Bryant
Mona Barrie ...
Mrs. Brooks
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Mr. Clifton
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Mr. Chapman
Fritz Leiber ...
Mr. Foster
Johnny Russell ...
Dudley Carter (as Johnnie Russell)
Selmer Jackson ...
Henry DeMille
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A messy divorce leaves Mrs. Leslie Carter shunned by Chicago society for being an adulteress and forbidden from having custody of her son. She's determined to return to her hometown in a few years as a success and with enough money to fight to get her son back. In order to realize her plans, she heads to New York with ambitions of being a great actress. Despite having no stage training, producer David Belasco becomes attracted to her and becomes intent on making her a star, as well as winning her heart. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Biography | Drama

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30 November 1940 (USA)  »

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Lady with Red Hair  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Louis Payne, the husband of Mrs. Leslie Carter in real life, coached Richard Ainley, who was playing him in the movie. See more »

Goofs

None of the Broadway plays mentioned in the movie were performed by Mrs. Leslie Carter. Her Broadway debut was in a play called "The Ugly Duckling" in 1890, not "The Way of Beauty." Her second play was "Zaza," not "The Lady From France." It is not known why the names of her plays were changed. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Leslie Carter: Why must they make some harmless weekend seem like a vulgar, obscene escapade? What kind of minds have these women got? Oh, whatever I've done, I've done to myself! Not the baby!
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London Bridge is Falling Down
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Played offscreen during Miss Humbert's school sequence
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SECOND use of "Oz" background music in another film
14 November 2003 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

This film was released a year after "The Wizard of Oz," and I was surprised to hear some of that classic's music being utilized in a scene here. The music in question from "Oz" is played over the opening scenes of Dorothy and Toto (puzzlingly entitled "Trouble In School"), and several times throughout the film. In "Lady with Red Hair," the same music is heard in scenes involving the lead character's young child.

Interestingly, in 1951, the film "Too Young to Kiss" utilized the exact same music over the opening credits.

Being that 1939's "Oz" came first, I can only assume the later films "borrowed" composer Harold Arlen's score.

CORRECTION: I have been informed that the above-mentioned tune is actually not original to "Oz," but is a classically composed children's tune.


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