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Lady for a Night (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance, Thriller | 5 January 1942 (USA)
Gambling boat operator Jenny Blake throws over her gambler beau Jack Morgan in order to marry into high society.

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Jackson Morgan
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Stephen Alderson
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Julia Alderson
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Alan Alderson
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Katherine Alderson
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Boris
Hattie Noel ...
Chloe
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Judge
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Flo
Guy Usher ...
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Ivan Miller ...
Mayor Dickson
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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. 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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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 »

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Up in a Balloon
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Written by Henry B. Farnie (1868)
Special Lyrics by Sol Meyer
Sung by Joan Blondell, a quartet and chorus on the Memphis Belle
Whistled by John Wayne
Played as backgroung music often
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Too much good to sum up in one title

Unusual roles for John Wayne and Joan Blondell, unusual setting, and unusual drama for Republic, and they all add up to a wonderful movie that offers lots of fun for us, the audience.

Blondell and Wayne make a strong pairing, something Hollywood should have considered before and again. Blondell was usually known for light, even fluffy characterizations but here she proves herself so much more: an actress. And Wayne, looking good in formal city-slicker attire, plays a character of politics and urban corruption (which, in fact, are so often the same thing) who still is essentially decent.

It's a familiar story in some ways, but it's familiar because it seems to happen enough in, as we laughingly call it, real life.

Wayne and Blondell should be enough for any movie, but they are backed up by a sterling, by an incredibly varied and tremendously talented cast, even including the amazing The Hall Johnson Choir, with some astonishing soloists.

Stealing every scene she's in is Hattie Noel. She just dominates every shot, with her skill at delivering her lines and an overwhelming personality -- and some brilliant and funny dialogue.

Despite his drunken character, Ray Middleton comes close to stealing his scenes, too. He endows his character with an undeniable and innate decency, despite the drunkenness.

Middleton doesn't sing in "Lady for a Night" although he was a trained singer with a beautiful voice, beautiful even in speaking.

Perhaps the climax is just what we expect, but it is also what we want. And the ending, the final scene, is also what we want.

Wayne again proves he is an actor capable of many different roles, and Blondell again is so adorable, and so beautiful, their presence alone would make any movie worth watching just for them, but "Lady for a Night" is well-nigh perfect for its entire cast and its excellent script.

I have no hesitation rating it a ten and recommending it highly.

It's available at YouTube.


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