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Lady in the Dark (1944)

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Ginger Rogers, "Allure" magazines editor-in-chief, suffers from headaches and continuos daydreams and undergoes psychoanalysis to determine why.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liza Elliott
Charley Johnson
Kendall Nesbitt
Jon Hall ...
Randy Curtis
Dr. Brooks
Russell Paxton
Phyllis Brooks ...
Allison DuBois
Mary Philips ...
Maggie Grant
Edward Fielding ...
Dr. Carlton
Don Loper ...
Mary Parker ...
Miss Parker
Catherine Craig ...
Miss Foster
Marietta Canty ...
Virginia Farmer ...
Miss Edwards
Fay Helm ...
Miss Bowers


Ginger Rogers, "Allure" magazines editor-in-chief, suffers from headaches and continuos daydreams and undergoes psychoanalysis to determine why.

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The minx in mink with a yen for men!


Drama | Musical | Romance


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Release Date:

10 February 1944 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Studio costume departments maintained a fur vault providing fur pelts for coats and costume trimming. The floor length mink skirt for Ginger Rogers used mink pelts from this vault. The original mink skirt was too heavy to wear. Barbara "Madam" Karinska was asked to rebuild the skirt. Karinska built a wire hoop covered with a fine netting, hanging and spacing the mink pelts apart from each other; supported by net, reducing the number of mink pelts on the skirt's total weight, allowing the skirt's flexibility on the actress' body during the dance sequence. See more »


Russell Paxton: "This is the end! The absolute end!"
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Spoofed in The Carol Burnett Show: Episode #5.22 (1972) See more »


The Saga of Jenny
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Ginger Rogers and Chorus
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Lavish production design, insightful drama, top notch Rogers
21 December 2000 | by (Putney, VT) – See all my reviews

This is a super lavish production - the Art Direction and Costume Design are stunningly original and beautiful to behold, especially in the fantasy numbers - and both these categories deserved to be in the winners circle on Oscar night. Sadly it was only nominated in the Art Direction category and the Costume Design category hadn't been invented yet. The film did garner two other noms- for Cinematography and Scoring, neither one deserving, I felt. However, Ms. Rogers' performance and the Adapted Screenplay did deserve nominations and went without them.

That said, this is a thoughtful and insightful film - daring for its day - exploring psychoanalysis and repression and preceding SPELLBOUND by a year. It's an adaptation of Moss Hart's play with the Kurt Weill/Ira Gershwin score jettisoned with the exception of THE SAGA OF JENNY. The story about a successful fashion magazine editor (played on stage by Gertrude Lawrence) who is plagued by depression and headaches and must come to grips through analysis and dreams with repressed traumas from her childhood is constantly interesting and Ms. Rogers delivers a superb dramatic performance - one of her best. Able in support are Ray Milland, Warner Baxter and Jon Hall. Look fast or you'll miss Rand Brook, Gail Russell and Hillary Brooke. The sumptuous Technicolor design is awe-inspiring. This is a treat from beginning to end and not to be missed.

Why,however, are the final strains of THE DESERT SONG (by a different composer) heard throughout the wedding dream sequence?????? Let it be a mystery.

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