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Lady in the Dark (1944)

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

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Liza Elliott
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Dr. Brooks
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Miss Foster
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Miss Bowers
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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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The minx in mink with a yen for men!

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10 February 1944 (USA)  »

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A Mulher que não Sabia Amar  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This was one of the first films to use the word "sex". Ray Milland says, "rage is a pretty good substitute for sex, isn't it?" See more »

Quotes

Russell Paxton: "This is the end! The absolute end!"
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Referenced in Star! (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

The Saga of Jenny
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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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