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The Lady Is Willing (1942)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  12 February 1942 (USA)
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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
Aline MacMahon ...
Stanley Ridges ...
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
Murray Alper ...
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 <>

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SHE WENT FOR A WALK...AND CAME HOME WITH A BABY! (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?


Marlene Dietrich's singing voice was dubbed by Virginia Rees. 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 »


Kenneth Hanline: I'd do anything for you. I'll write notes for you, I'll defraud managers for you, I'll steal babies for you. I'll do anything for you, but I won't marry you.
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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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Lady is Willing and So Should You in Seeing this Film ***1/2
13 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wonderful 1942 film with Marlene Dietrich as a Broadway star who finds a baby and marries a pediatrician so that she can keep the baby. Of course, the story deals with them finding their way to love eventually as well as the situations they encounter such as phony parents showing up to take the child, and the doctor's first wife showing up to create further havoc.

Fred MacMurray is absolutely charming as the doctor and Dietrich showed how quite adept she was at comedy. Aline MacMahon co-stars as a wise-cracking assistant to Dietrich. This kind of role was normally assigned to Eve Arden.

Naturally, there is the end-of-film crisis where MacMurray has to operate and Dietrich sheds those tears. It's well worth it.

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