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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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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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ALL TALKING EXPOSÉ of NEW YORK NITE LIFE! (Print Ad- Fort Dodge Messenger-Chronicle, ((Fort Dodge, Iowa)) 11 August 1930) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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

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: I feel like getting into trouble!
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Manhattan Parade (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Serenade Romantique
(uncredited)
Music by Gaston Borch
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Rough, but interesting.
12 September 2002 | by yarboroughSee all my reviews

This movie is one of the legendary Barbara Stanwyck's earliest starring roles. The title of the movie actually refers to prostitutes and that is what Stanwyck plays in this one, though it is, of course, only suggested. The set-up is that Stanwyck, a prostitute, is hired by a painter to be a model for one of his paintings. Through the course of the movie, Stanwyck's character, who has never know real love, is touched by the young painter's caring gestures (though to him, he is only being polite). As always, the beautiful Stanwyck carries the movie in the palm of her hand, and when the film is serious, it's pretty decent. Some problems arise in the humorous scenes with her chubby co-star (who died later in the decade because of self-starvation), a stereotypical, high-pitched, talkative New York girl who has too much of a silly vaudevillian personality to generate many laughs (remember, this is early 1930 and vaudeville was just beginning to wind down). Like a lot of early talkies, this movie is roughly edited, and the acting by the male lead is somewhat wooden. The story is okay, perhaps a bit too sentimental, but the movie is an interesting glance into the 1930s and the early stages of a screen Goddess' career.


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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 »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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