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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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Cast

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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Storyline

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

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

12 February 1942 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Madame veut un bébé  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the shooting, Marlene Dietrich tripped while carrying child-actor David James. She twisted her body to save the baby from striking the floor, but severely injured her right ankle in a fall, and her entire right leg had to be placed in a cast. That's why in this film she is always shown in full-length outfits (gowns, slacks, etc.) and just one shot of her unclothed leg is seen, and that is in shadow. 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 »

Quotes

Dr. Corey T. McBain: I'm going to operate, and for the first time in my life I hope the patient dies on the table.
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Crazy Credits

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Connections

References Tobacco Road (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Silly yes, but...
1 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those escapist, nonsensical, utterly unrealistic and yes, downright silly movies from a time when the world was anxious. Europe was under Nazi occupation and the US was contemplating its own role in the conflict. Hollywood had become very good at giving Americans just this kind of comic relief. So why should anyone bother with it? Because despite all the silliness the four leads manage to pull it off with great aplomb. Marlene Dietrich is just as exotic and glamorous as she was in 'The Blue Angel' if not more so. She was forty and a show-stopper without compare. How could Fred MacMurray help himself but fall for her. His role here is an early version of his absent-minded professor. And the supporting leads, Aline MacMahon and Stanley Ridges, are equally good and fun to watch. So sit back and enjoy the show!


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