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Lady for a Night (1942)

 -  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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Philip Merivale ...
Stephen Alderson
Blanche Yurka ...
Julia Anderson
Ray Middleton ...
Alan Alderson
Edith Barrett ...
Katherine Alderson
Leonid Kinskey ...
Boris
Hattie Noel ...
Chloe
Montagu Love ...
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Dorothy Burgess ...
Flo
Guy Usher ...
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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 uma Noite  »

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Trivia

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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Underneath the credits, there is some footage of extras dancing in front of the Alderson family's house. See more »

Soundtracks

Ezekiel Saw De Wheel
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Sung by Hattie Noel and black servants at The Shadow
Danced to by Dudley Dickerson, Paul White and others
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Despite many shortcomings, I liked this film
29 October 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

First off, anyone who watches this film because it's a John Wayne film (like me) may be disappointed because he is really a supporting actor. This is because he'd only been a regular starring actor in small-budget B-Westerns and in larger budget films he was mostly in secondary roles until the mid-to-late 1940s. Second, because the Wayne screen persona was not yet solidified, lovers of the Duke might also be shocked to see that for most of the film he plays a love-sick man who loses his woman to another. Had the later Wayne been in such a situation, he no doubt would have slugged the other suitor and drug off the woman for some lovin'--John Wayne style!! The real star of this film is Joan Blondell. Unlike Wayne, her star was starting to fall, as her prime as a leading lady was definitely the 1930s. Here she is a bit older and heavier, but this is also perfect for her role as a casino owner and singer.

Blondell's ambition is to leave the casino life to Wayne and marry a society man in order to ensure herself a play in polite society. Unfortunately, she's seen as a woman of low virtue and the only man she can find to marry is a drunk from a previously wealthy and well-heeled family.

Her welcome into the new family was not surprisingly rocky, as one of her new sister-in-laws was just plain evil. The longer the film progresses, the more evil and juicy this role becomes--making this a pretty exciting film and characterization. Ultimately, the plot takes a very dramatic twist near the end until it is all wrapped up nicely in the end.

The only serious negative about the film is that the plantation she moves to in Reconstruction-era Memphis is ridiculous and full of racist stereotypes. No, the Blacks do not eat watermelon or act as bad as Stepin Fetchit, but they play out an even more insidious role--happy Blacks who are content with the good treatment by their White "betters". This over-idealistic view of the South is insulting and may raise a few eyebrows. Try to look past this to see that you still have the basis of a very good film.


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