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Lady for a Night (1942)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  5 January 1942 (USA)
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Gambling boat operator Jenny Blake throws over her gambler beau Jack Morgan in order to marry into high society. When her husband is killed in an attempt on her life, she is charged with ... See full summary »

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Jackson Morgan
Philip Merivale ...
Stephen Alderson
Blanche Yurka ...
Julia Anderson
Ray Middleton ...
Alan Alderson
Edith Barrett ...
Katherine Alderson
Leonid Kinskey ...
Boris
Hattie Noel ...
Chloe
Montagu Love ...
Judge
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Dorothy Burgess ...
Flo
Guy Usher ...
Governor
Ivan Miller ...
Mayor Dickson
Patricia Knox ...
Mabel
Lew Payton ...
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Gambling boat operator Jenny Blake throws over her gambler beau Jack Morgan in order to marry into high society. When her husband is killed in an attempt on her life, she is charged with his murder. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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FROM THE DEEP ROMANTIC SOUTH COMES ANOTHER THRILLING DRAMA OF LOVE AND INTRIGUE (original one-sheet poster) See more »

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5 January 1942 (USA)  »

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Dama por una noche  »

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This film inspired the name of one of the most famous World War 2 bombers, the B-17 "Memphis Belle", one of the first to complete a full combat tour of 25 missions against targets in Nazi Germany in May 1943. The aircraft was the namesake of pilot Captain Robert K. Morgan's sweetheart, Margaret Polk, a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. Morgan originally intended to call the B-17, Little One, after his pet name for her, but after Morgan and his co-pilot, Jim Verinis, saw this movie 'Lady for a Night', in which the leading character owns a riverboat named the Memphis Belle, he proposed that name to his crew.After their combat service the "Belle" and her crew were sent home on highly successful war bond tour. The "Belle" and her crew were also featured in an award winning 1944 documentary by William Wyler. See more »

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A Little Here........A Little There.........
25 June 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Lady for a Night is a Joan Blondell film with John Wayne as her leading man. It is not a John Wayne picture, I repeat not a John Wayne picture. If you're looking for fights, or shootouts, this ain't the film for you to see.

The Duke plays a part that would normally go to an actor like Ray Milland. He's the political boss of Memphis and the old Southern gentry of the town, tow his line. John Wayne even has a bodyguard, Leonid Kinsky. Who'd have ever thunk that.

Wayne and Blondell are partners in a riverboat gambling ship. Wayne would like to make it a matrimonial partnership. But Blondell, who's a girl from the wrong side of the tracks wants some respectability as well as money. When Ray Middleton gambles away the title to the old Alderson family estate, Blondell offers to marry him to save the good gentry from being thrown out on their duffs. It's a marriage she has soon cause to regret.

Blondell sings a nice number entitled Up In a Balloon on the riverboat stage and I bet she was looking around for Busby Berkeley. Kind of strange to see her singing without the splashy Warner Brothers production around her. But her performance was effective, the best in the film.

What struck me so curious was that they seem to have grabbed off characters from other films and tossed them here. Hattie Noel plays Blondell's black maid and it's a total ripoff of Hattie McDaniel from Gone With the Wind. Edith Barrett and Blanche Yurka play Middleton's aunts, Barrett good, Yurka evil. Edith Barrett copied Patricia Collinge as Birdie Bagtry Hubbard from The Little Foxes and Yurka is another Mrs. Danvers from Rebecca.

Still it does mix well and while it's not a great film, Lady for a Night is a passably decent one, though it's far from the usual Duke.


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