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

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

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

Remade as Women of Glamour (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Love's Sweet Hour
(uncredited)
Written by A. Dorian Otvos
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Avoid the silent version if possible
27 January 2002 | by clark-9See all my reviews

Reviews of this film do not make clear that it apparently is available in both sound and silent versions. The version of this film borrowed from our local library was the silent version as apparently this film was Capra's 2nd talkie and last silent (per Moviediva web site). It had a very distracting soundtrack that did not match the moods on the screen at all. Still, if you are a Capra or Stanwyck fan, the silent version is better than none at all and worth the time. Hopefully, I will be able to see a sound version on Turner or AMC.


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