The Broadway production of "Lady in the Dark" was designed by Harry Horner, whose set design used an inner turn-table, with an outer turn-table ring, with both turn-tables operating simultaneously, either in the same direction, or turning in opposition of each other. Noteworthy is the fact that this productions' turn-table set design was a first time, use of turn-table, on a Broadway stage, although turn-tables had been previously used in European productions. Harry Horner had been brought to New York by Max Rhinehart for his imported "Mid Summer's Night Dream" as his stage manager. Harry Horner remained in New York designing scenery afterwards. See more »
I found this to be moderately enjoyable and much smoother than I was expecting, after reading of all the problems in making it and the cutting of musical numbers from the original score. Would love to see it as was originally intended (in a restored DVD version).
The psychoanalysis as it unfolds is interesting and makes sense, except to the point of the woman needing to be dominated by the man. I don't know if this was dictated by the culture of the time, but all that was really needed was for Liza to know she needed to give time to gaining fulfillment in a relationship (without the aspect of dominance) and not be so driven work wise (her substitute), and it would have come out without the nasty taste it leaves now (in regards to this aspect of the film).
Director Mitchell Leisen dealt with this sort of theme also (without the psychoanalysis) in Take a Letter Darling which was funnier and sharper, and without the need for the man to have to dominate the woman.
Some of the visual imagery in the dream sequences is a lot of fun and apparently a lot of care was put into their production.
As well the movie seems like it is a 50s product but that could just be the colour.
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