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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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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 $5,000 grant awarded to Dr. McBain would be the same as nearly $73,000 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 »


Mary Lou: [finding out champagne is made from grapes] It's not very purple, is it?
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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 »


Referenced in Foyle's War: Casualties of War (2007) 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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Rockabye Baby
9 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Engaging comedy with Fred and Marlene well matched and looking glamorous and gorgeous. As was her usual state Marlene is gowned in one eye popping creation after another with some extraordinary hats. She's loaded with gossamer charm as an actress who longs for motherhood and is suddenly presented with answered prayers. Endearing in her befuddlement of the simplest basics of children, including finding out whether the baby she's taken under her wing is a boy or a girl!, she still comes across as a sincerely sweet and loving person. Fred is all gruff exterior at first but his innate joviality soon shows through. The picture takes an unnecessary detour into melodrama towards the end but snaps out of it for a proper ending. A cute and frothy film with Aline MacMahon contributing a fun performance as Marlene's right hand woman.

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