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Lady Be Good (1941)

 -  Comedy | Musical  -  10 November 1941 (UK)
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Songwriters Dixie Donegan and Eddie Crane are still in love after their divorce. Dixie's friend Marilyn Marsh tries to convince them to marry again, but this isn't that easy.

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Mr. Blanton - Dixie's Lawyer
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Bill 'Billy' Pattison (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
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Mrs. Carter Wardley
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The Berry Brothers ...
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James Berry ...
A Berry Brother, Specialty Performer
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Storyline

Songwriters Dixie Donegan and Eddie Crane are still in love after their divorce. Dixie's friend Marilyn Marsh tries to convince them to marry again, but this isn't that easy. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

THE TAP-HAPPIEST, SWING-SINGIEST, MELODIC MIRACLE SINCE "ZIEGFELD GIRL"! (original print media ad - all caps)

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

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Release Date:

10 November 1941 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Divorce en musique  »

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Budget:

$863,460 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

For Eleanor Powell's dance-version of the song "Lady, Be Good", MGM auditioned several dogs, but none of them was able to do the required tricks. Finally, Powell bought a dog off a propman and trained it herself for several weeks so that the dance could be done as she wanted. See more »

Goofs

When Marilyn is tap dancing with the dog, she does a few cartwheels. While she is on her hands, the tapping dancing sound continues. See more »

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Featured in That's Entertainment! III (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

You'll Never Know
(1941)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Sung and danced by The Berry Brothers
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9 October 2013 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

A great deal of time was spent on the back story and not enough concentration on the music, so much so that I was reminded of the 40's radio show, "The Bickersons". It was a comedy show centering around a continuously arguing couple played by Don Ameche and Frances Langford. This picture centers around a continuously arguing couple, played by Robert Young and Ann Sothern. They marry, divorce, remarry, etc... this is not musical comedy but musical drama.

On the whole, though, I liked it. The picture has so much to recommend it that I could overlook the infighting scenes because the music was great. Not a lot of it remains from the Broadway musical, just "Fascinatin' Rhythm" and the title song. But the song that put the movie over for me was "The Last Time I Saw Paris", sung to perfection by Ann Sothern. It won a well-deserved AA for Best Song. Then there was Eleanor Powell with a couple of terrific dance numbers, The acrobatic Berry Brothers, Red Skelton and Lionel Barrymore, who increases the stature of any movie he is in.

I thought Young and Sothern played off each other well and were true troupers, doing the best they could with peculiar material. The picture was about 15-20 minutes too long, dwelling too much on marital strife, but this was an MGM musical and in black and white, no less - made me think no one did musicals like Fox.


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