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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 is the son of a rich businessman, but wants to be a painter. He hires Kay Arnold, a good girl with a bad 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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ZIPPY! DARING! PEPPY! GAY! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Capra later wrote that he was so smitten with the young Barbara Stanwyck at the time, he would have asked her to marry him if they both had been free at the time. See more »

Goofs

When Jerry and Kay are out on the roof at night, the stars are twinkling in the background, but at one point the stars that should be behind Kay (i.e., not visible) are superimposed on her face. See more »

Quotes

Dot Lamar: You can't weigh sex appeal.
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Alternate Versions

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


Soundtracks

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Music by William Axt, Erno Rapee
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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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