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

Certificate:

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Release Date:

10 November 1941 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Divorce en musique  »

Box Office

Budget:

$863,460 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Original director Busby Berkeley was replaced during production by Norman Z. McLeod. Berkeley was kept to direct the musical numbers. 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 »


Soundtracks

Your Words and My Music
Music by Roger Edens
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
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A case of too much material for one film.
26 September 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Lady Be Good" might have been a better film if it was a six hour film! That's because so much is crammed into the picture that it really moves too fast and the plot, at times, is really rushed. This is because the filmmakers weren't sure if the film should be a romance, a musical/dancing extravaganza or a chance to show off a few dozen (bostly B-list) MGM actors. I really wish the film had a narrower focus and concentrated more on the romance--especially since the leads were clearly NOT in their elements in a musical.

Dixie (Ann Sothern) and Eddie (Young) team up early in the film to write songs. INSTANTLY they are famous and what seemed like only about 30 seconds later, they are married and then divorced--all because Eddie is a bit of a fat-head and Dixie doesn't talk to him about how unhappy she is!! Things happened so fast, it made my head spin--and really seemed super-rushed. The rest of the film concerns the couple working together and determining IF they need each other romantically. You KNOW they do--and the ending is absolutely no surprise. In between, you have lots of songs, tap dancing and other distractions.

So is the film worth seeing? If you aren't a fan of musicals, probably not. However, ANY film where Eleanor Powell dances is STILL worth seeing, as she was an AMAZING dancer. However, the film was a disappointment to me--as with all the money, glitz and talent, it sure should have been better. Plus, the romance seemed really, really forced and unconvincing.


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