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Lady for a Night (1942)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 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
Blanche Yurka ...
Julia Anderson
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Alan Alderson
Edith Barrett ...
Katherine Alderson
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Boris
Hattie Noel ...
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Guy Usher ...
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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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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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Jenny Blake from the wrong side of the track.
20 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Jenny Blake runs the gambling boat Memphis Belle, but she yearns to be accepted by the high society. Casting off her love interest Jack Morgan, Jenny accepts an offer of marriage from non compos mentis plantation owner Alan Aldredge. Naturally the rest of the Aldredge family are not too thrilled to have someone of Jenny's standing in their family, with one of them in particular prepared to do anything to get rid of Jenny.

Serviceable time filler is a phrase that could have been invented for this particular film. It's neither good or bad, and it's competently put together from both sides of the camera. Tho primarily a romantic drama, there is often humour within the script, most often when John Wayne {Jack} and Joan Blondell {Jenny} are sharing the screen together. Tho for sure not during the big finale court room pay off!! Here is the main problem on why Lady for a Night really falls down, it's confused as to what it should be. It's joviality is nice and endearing, but when the theme of class snobbery is coming to the fore, light relief is neither warranted or required. In fact the shift in tone for the rushed final quarter takes all by surprise. We lurch from grinning with mirth one second to a serious drama the next, and it's all a bit off putting at a time when the nastiness of the story deserves our full attention.

The cast are a mixed bunch. Blondell is effervescent and attractive, and Wayne, in a straight uncomplicated role, does what is needed with such minimalistic material. Blanche Yurka does a nice line in evil old bat routine {paging Mrs Danvers, paging Mrs Danvers} and Hattie Noel dons the maid apron and gives it the Hattie McDaniel treatment. The rest are barely worth a mention, with Ray Middleton & Philip Merivale particularly out of their depth. Some nice tunes such as "Ta-ra-ra Boom-der-é" and "Has Anybody Seen My Man?" lighten up proceedings {again is this a dark film or not?} and the costume side of production is well worth observation. But it all ends up being a collage of tones, with neither one or the other breaking out to let the good side of the film truly break free of the confusion, shame that. 4/10


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