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A Lady's Morals (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Musical | 8 November 1930 (USA)
Largely fictionalized biopic of turn-of-the-century nightingale Jenny Lind, highlighted by her true-to-life intersection with showman P.T. Barnum.

Director:

Sidney Franklin

Writers:

Dorothy Farnum (story), Hanns Kräly (scenario) (as Hans Kraly) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Grace Moore ... Jenny Lind
Reginald Denny ... Paul Brandt
Wallace Beery ... Barnum
Jobyna Howland ... Josephine
Gus Shy Gus Shy ... Olaf
Gilbert Emery ... Broughm
George F. Marion ... Innkeeper
Paul Porcasi ... Maretti
Giovanni Martino Giovanni Martino ... Zerga
Bodil Rosing ... Innkeeper's Wife
Joan Standing Joan Standing ... Louise
Mavis Villiers ... Selma
Judith Vosselli ... Rosatti
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Largely fictionalized biopic of turn-of-the-century nightingale Jenny Lind, highlighted by her true-to-life intersection with showman P.T. Barnum.

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Taglines:

Grace Moore, who has a reputation as an opera singer, sings several lovely numbers. (Print Ad- Register-Herald, ((Pine Plains, NY)) 26 February 1931)

Genres:

Drama | Musical

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 November 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jenny Lind See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its first and one of its rare early telecasts in New York City on the Late, Late Show Monday 19 January 1959 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Connections

Alternate-language version of Jenny Lind (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Lovely Hour
(1929) (uncredited)
Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs Bond
Copyright 1929 by Carrie Jacobs-Bond & Son
Sung first by Grace Moore offscreen
Reprised by her at P.T.Barnum's show in New York City
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The Swedish Nightingale
30 October 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Grace Moore was lucky to get two cracks at Hollywood, first with MGM and later with Columbia. Harry Cohn definitely knew how to showcase her better than the material that MGM gave her.

The story of Jenny Lind, the famous Swedish Nightingale of the 19th Century might have been a good choice and her real story would have been good cinematic material. The plot as presented here had nothing to do with the real Jenny Lind. The only thing that was real was the fact that P.T. Barnum brought her over to the USA for a famous tour. Barnum also marketed her in the same way a century later Hopalong Cassidy got marketed when his old films gave him renewed popularity on television. Wallace Beery played Barnum for the first time here, later on MGM would star him in a film about Barnum.

The acting by Moore and her leading man Reginald Denny is way over the top. The plot is also terribly melodramatic. Denny's character as a composer who goes blind is completely fictional. In real life Jenny Lind married her accompanist and really did live happily ever after.

Moore made one more film for Leo the Lion and then went back to New York and the Metropolitan Opera. Harry Cohn brought her back in 1934 when she made One Night of Love for Columbia and it was a great success. She comes across so much better there than in A Lady's Morals.

Still she does have some nice arias and opera fans will tolerate the melodrama to hear them.


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