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Lady Be Good (1941)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 10 November 1941 (UK)
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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Pattison (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
The Berry Brothers ...
James Berry ...
Warren Berry ...


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


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

10 November 1941 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Divorce en musique  »


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$863,460 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's initial television broadcast in Los Angeles took place Thursday 19 December 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Philadelphia 11 May 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), by San Francisco 9 September 1959 on KGO (Channel 7), and, finally by New York City 1 November 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


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 »


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


Oh, Lady Be Good!
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Red Skelton, Virginia O'Brien, John Carroll, Eleanor Powell,
Robert Young and Ann Sothern
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Lots of talent but not much script
22 November 2012 | by See all my reviews

Robert Young, Ann Sothern, Eleanor Parker, Red Skelton, and Lionel Barrymore star in "Lady Be Good," a 1941 film about two married and then unmarried songwriters.

He (Young) writes the music, she (Sothern) writes the words, but once Dixie and Eddie Crane become successes, Eddie becomes a little taken with the Park Avenue set and Dixie, bored by the whole thing, suggests that they divorce. They do, but they soon find themselves working together again, and Eddie wants to re-marry Dixie.

Sothern sings beautifully, and Young has a pleasant voice as they croon their way through various songs. Sothern sings "You'll Never Know," and "The Last Time I Saw Paris," and Young duets with her in "Your Words and My Music" and "Lady Be Good." The film's real energy comes from Eleanor Parker, who is beautiful and does two terrific numbers, "Lady Be Good" with Buttons the dog, and "Fascinatin' Rhythm," choreographed by Busby Berkeley. Had this movie been better, you'd be seeing both her numbers in movie musical documentaries and film compilations today. They're terrific. The Berry Brothers are outstanding, and in the same section, do a phenomenal number.

Sothern is lovely and delightful as always, and Young is an affable leading man. I wish there had been more of a script for all this talent.

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