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Ladies of Leisure (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 5 April 1930 (USA)
An upper-crust artist hires a 'party girl' as a model; romance follows.

Director:

Frank Capra (as Frank R. Capra)

Writers:

Milton Herbert Gropper (adapted from the David Belasco Stage Play by), Jo Swerling (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Barbara Stanwyck ... Kay Arnold
Ralph Graves ... Jerry Strong
Lowell Sherman ... Bill Standish
Marie Prevost ... Dot Lamar
Nance O'Neil ... Mrs.John Strong
George Fawcett ... John Strong
Juliette Compton ... Claire Collins
Johnnie Walker ... Charlie
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Storyline

Jerry Strong's the son of a wealthy businessman, but he wants to be a painter. He hires Kay Arnold, a woman with a questionable past, as a model. They fall in love, and plan to get married. But Jerry's parents raise strong objections. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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Exotic settings! Daring Sequences! Pretty Girls! Gay Life! Dynamic Drama! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Film debut of Willie Best. See more »

Goofs

At the 9:13 mark, Barbara Stanwyck is holding a cigarette in her right hand, while reaching into the coat pocket with her left hand. Next we see both her hands opening a wallet, then cut back to her holding up the cigarette in her right hand. See more »

Quotes

Kay Arnold: You know the old bromide: when in Greece, open a restaurant.
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Alternate Versions

Columbia simultaneously released "Ladies of Leisure" in both sound and silent versions. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 54th Annual Academy Awards (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Tears
(uncredited)
Music by Milan Roder
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Rich Boy Meets Party Girl
18 May 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The creative team of Barbara Stanwyck and director Frank Capra makes its debut in Ladies Of Leisure which casts a young Barbara as a party girl who falls big time for artist Ralph Graves after he hires her to model for him. They did a total of five films together, the last one Meet John Doe is considered a classic.

Ladies Of Leisure is far from that, but you can see why it helped make Barbara Stanwyck the star she became. Their are hints of her later Oscar nominated part in Stella Dallas in her performance here.

Ralph Graves isn't just any artist, he's the son of railroad tycoon George Fawcett and Nance O'Neil, but business just doesn't interest him which displeases dad. Fawcett wants him to forget this art kick and join the family firm. But that's nothing compared to how he and O'Neil feel about their son when he brings Stanwyck home after he's fallen for her.

The production values aren't the greatest, remember this is Columbia Pictures while it was still a poverty row studio like Monogram. Still Capra and Stanwyck show traces of the movie legends they became.

Nothing terribly special about Ladies Of Leisure other than these two people coming together for the first time.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 April 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ladies of the Evening See more »

Filming Locations:

Malibu Lake, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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