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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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Elizabeth 'Liza' Madden
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Dr. Corey T. McBain
Aline MacMahon ...
Buddy
Stanley Ridges ...
Kenneth Hanline
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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
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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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WHAT'S A DOOR TO A MAN WHO ADORES A WOMAN? (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »
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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $25,000 demanded for the baby would equate to almost $364,000 in 2015. 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

Mary Lou: [finding out champagne is made from grapes] It's not very purple, is it?
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The film's title appears on a billboard; and the opening credits are printed in a theatrical program. See more »

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Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Go, Bulldogs! (2006) See more »

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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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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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