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The Lady Refuses (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 8 March 1931 (USA)
Father hires a woman to lure his son away from a gold digger.

Director:

George Archainbaud

Writers:

Robert Milton (by), Guy Bolton (by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Betty Compson ... June
John Darrow ... Russell Courtney
Gilbert Emery ... Sir Gerald Courtney
Margaret Livingston ... Berthine Waller
Ivan Lebedeff ... Nikolai Rabinoff
Edgar Norton ... Dobbs - Sir Gerald's Butler
Daphne Pollard ... Millie - Apartment House Maid
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Storyline

A wealthy London nobleman hires a pretty but poor young girl to distract his playboy son from marrying a golddigger. Complications ensue when the girl and the father begin to fall for each other, and things get even more complicated when the son declares his love for her, too. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lady for Hire See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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[first lines]
First Bobby: [a dark, foggy street in London. Two bobbies are observing a young woman walking along furtively] New one, isn't she Albert?
Albert, Second Bobby: Must be, or she wouldn't be out on a night like this. No weather for a dog.
First Bobby: Nor for no cat, neither!
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Soundtracks

Three Little Words
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Ruby
Played as dance music at the nightclub
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Early talkie has its moments, but not enough
3 December 2001 | by signinstrangerSee all my reviews

Talky early talkie can't rise above its theatrical roots. Betty Compson is far too old (36 when this movie was released) and American to pass herself off as a Londoner fallen on bad times who can be hired to seduce rakehell John Darrow (who seems to know better than to attempt an English accent). Gilbert Emery is best in a stiff-upper-lip performance enhanced by his remarkable vocal and physical similarity to Stephen Fry. But this tale of a woman saved from the London streets so she can save the son from making the wrong choice is marred by blurry details, as if most of the story has taken place out of frame. What story remains moves slowly, and holds tight to its stereotypes of upper classes, comic butlers, loose women, and sneering foreigners. For devotees of early talkies only.


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