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The Lady Is Willing (1942)

Passed  -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  12 February 1942 (USA)
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Bold, eccentric Broadway performer Lisa 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 ... See full summary »

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Elizabeth 'Liza' Madden
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Dr. Corey T. McBain
Aline MacMahon ...
Buddy
Stanley Ridges ...
Kenneth Hanline
Arline Judge ...
Frances
Roger Clark ...
Victor
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
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K.K. Miller
Murray Alper ...
Joe Quig
Kitty Kelly ...
Nellie Quig
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Bold, eccentric Broadway performer Lisa 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 marriage of convenience turns into a marriage of real love. When Dr. McBain's ex-wife comes looking for money, Lisa suspects something and leaves New York. However, a serious illness with the baby brings them together again as McBain operates to try and save the baby's life. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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GAY, ROMANTIC COMEDY AT IT'S BREEZIEST, MERRIEST BEST! (original ad - all caps) See more »

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

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Mary Lou: [finding out champagne is made from grapes] It's not very purple, is it?
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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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Marlene Dietrich in a comedy
10 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Marlene Dietrich is the lady in "The Lady is Willing," a 1942 film also starring Fred MacMurray and Arline Judge. The beautiful Dietrich plays a musical star, Liza Madden, who walks off with an abandoned baby and takes him home. Though Liza lives well, she owes a fortune to the IRS and gives all of her money away, and she won't be able to adopt the child unless she's either married or solvent. She convinces a pediatrician (MacMurray) to marry her. He does, and they adopt the baby, now called Corey. The marriage is supposed to be in name only, but you know how those things go.

"The Lady is Willing" is not much of a story or a movie, but Dietrich is just stunning, and her acting is charming. She creates a very lovable character. MacMurray, as the doctor who falls in love with her, turns in a good performance. He's part of a dumb subplot involving rabbits that is dropped along the way. Dietrich's assistant is played by Arline Judge and her maid by Marietta Canty and they are both excellent in their roles. It's just too bad all of these good people had to be in this particular story.

Obviously, the baby in question (David James) is unaware that the story is weak; he laughs and plays with telephone cords, Dietrich's hats and smiles at everyone. Just adorable.

Definitely worth it for Dietrich and her fashions, and if you like kids, little Corey. Interestingly, one of Dietrich's famous legs was in a cast for part of the film, though it's not noticeable.


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