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Ladies' Man (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 9 May 1931 (USA)
A society gigolo goes after a rich mother and her daughter, but tries to find true happiness with his girlfriend, who is neither rich nor in "society."

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Lothar Mendes
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Cast

Cast overview:
William Powell ... Jamie Darricott
Kay Francis ... Norma Page
Carole Lombard ... Rachel Fendley
Gilbert Emery ... Horace Fendley
Olive Tell ... Mrs. Fendley
Martin Burton ... Anthony Fendley
John Holland ... Peyton Walden
Frank Atkinson Frank Atkinson ... Darricott's Valet
Maude Turner Gordon Maude Turner Gordon ... Therese Blanton
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A society gigolo goes after a rich mother and her daughter, but tries to find true happiness with his girlfriend, who is neither rich nor in "society."

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pre code film | gigolo | See All (2) »

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Drama

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Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 May 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El gigoló See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono

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1.20 : 1
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Paramount Pictures production numbers 828 and 1301 (for West Coast and New York offices). See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: William Powell (1961) See more »

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A little-known gem
19 December 2008 | by chriwor-1See all my reviews

Every now and then a truly unusual film from the early thirties resurfaces which proves to be a revelation. "The Ladies Man" definitely fits that description. Mature, sophisticated, intelligent and uncompromising, to watch "The Ladies Man" is a breath of fresh air for anyone who is used to finding most of the movies produced in the early talky era crude, formulaic claptrap with "a happy ending".

William Powell is one of my favorite actors, and in this silkenly produced 1931 Paramount bauble he gives a startling world-weary, downbeat, and even tragic performance. He plays an unrepentant gigolo who seems all too aware his dissipated lifestyle dooms him somehow, he just doesn't know when the other shoe is going to drop. Kay Francis was never more appealing and glamorous, and Carole Lombard gives perhaps the first great performance of her career, playing a drunken playgirl driven nearly crazy by her mixed feelings towards Powell's strangely sympathetic cad. To say more would be to spoil a well-directed, well-paced film.

Definitely recommended for anyone with adult tastes and looking for something that's not the same-old same-old.


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