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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:
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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 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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When she adopted a dimpled darling she had to find a dizzy daddy...to take for a ride on the wildest merry-go-round of laughter that ever made you roar your breath away! (original Herald) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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12 February 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Madame veut un bébé  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

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

Goofs

After the date, when at home(at about 01:00:30), the glass and the bottle of milk exchange places in Fred MacMurray's hands when going to the baby's room from the kitchen. 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
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The Rabbit Man And The Star
12 August 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Part of the premise of The Lady Is Willing is that the famous can get away with anything. Picture if you will yourself who while the police are investigating reports of a baby abandoned in a boardinghouse, just up and taking the infant. That would probably land you in jail for a stretch. But for Marlene Dietrich, famous musical comedy star, everyone is just forgiving as all heck and let's her keep the little tyke.

Everyone except the IRS who is insistence that she be solvent. Unmarried or not doesn't seem to be the issue. She owes a lot in income tax. So she persuades pediatrician Fred MacMurray to marry her. That would certainly save on doctor bills.

As for Fred who wouldn't want to marry Marlene? But when they enlarge their living quarters it's for cages for rabbits. MacMurray is doing research and needs them for experiments. He's also got an ex-wife sniffing around in the person of Arline Judge. She's more trouble than the rabbits.

The Lady Is Willing just will never be ranked as one of the 10 best for either Fred or Marlene. It makes so little use of MacMurray's comic talents which I find very strange. As for Marlene, there are times in the film when she comes across more like Doris Day.

Best in the film might possibly Marlene's girl Friday Aline McMahon. She has the film's best lines.

But fans of Fred and Marlene should like it well enough.


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