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The Lady Is Willing (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 12 February 1942 (USA)
In order to adopt an abandoned baby, an actress arranges a marriage of convenience with a doctor.



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Complete credited cast:
Elizabeth 'Liza' Madden
Dr. Corey T. McBain
Kenneth Hanline
Roger Clark ...
Marietta Canty ...
Mary Lou
David James ...
Baby Corey
Ruth Ford ...
Myrtle Glossamer
Harvey Stephens ...
Dr. Golding
Harry Shannon ...
Detective Sergeant Barnes
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Mrs. Cummings
K.K. Miller
Joe Quig
Kitty Kelly ...
Nellie Quig


Bold, eccentric Broadway performer Liza Madden befuddles her handlers by coming home with a baby she picked up on the street. She wants to keep the baby but has to find a husband to make adoption viable. Why not her new obstetrician Dr. McBain? She offers him help with his research on rabbits in exchange for marriage - and he accepts. The mismatched pair begin a marriage of convenience... Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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WHAT'S A DOOR TO A MAN WHO ADORES A WOMAN? (original poster - all caps) See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

12 February 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Madame veut un bébé  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The $25,000 demanded for the baby would equate to almost $364,000 in 2015. See more »


At the beginning of the film Dietrich's character asks for the name of an obstetrician - because she needs a doctor for her new baby. Obstetricians don't treat babies. See more »


Dr. Jones: Don't you worry one moment about that bouncing boy. He'll grow up to be President one of these day.
Dr. Corey T. McBain: [scowling] I'm a Republican.
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Crazy Credits

The film's title appears on a billboard; and the opening credits are printed in a theatrical program. See more »


References Hellzapoppin' (1941) See more »


I Find Love
Written by Jack King and Gordon Clifford
Sung by Marlene Dietrich (dubbed by Virginia Rees) and unidentified baritone
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23 February 2013 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

for the self irony of Dietrich performance. for the nice story and air of far age of cinema. for inspired cast. and, sure, for the respect for recipes of romantic comedy. it is not a link from chain of fashion of art. few sparkles, a seductive Dietrich, mixture of love balloons and fine humor, the dramatic small slice and the touching solutions to create identity in a ocean of clones, all is good reason to see it and, in a measure or other, to love it. because it is almost magic like many films from that period. because the acting is smart and the game of nuances not uninspired. because, after war of blockbusters, this film has the gift to be comfortable. and for occasion to travel in time. and discover than life is beautiful.

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