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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

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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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Focus lacking in early talkie.
27 September 2001 | by rsoonsaSee all my reviews

Gilbert Emery, as a patrician English peer, Sir Gerald Courtney, dominates this film as he tries to bring his rakehell son Russell (John Darrow) closer to him through a secret strategem involving June (Betty Compson), an economically distressed young woman. To regain Russell's affection, Sir Gerald offers June, whom he has rescued from incipient prostitution, one thousand pounds in this London-based work, for her efforts in dissuading his wayward son from an alliance with a golddigger played by Margaret Livingston. Compson, an accomplished actress during the silent era, does her best to portray a worldly woman given an unexpected beneficence by fate, but she is hampered by a script which is clumsily written with a good deal of dialogue bordering upon gaucherie. After escaping from a pair of zealous bobbies, with assistance from Sir Gerald, June is established by him into an apartment building shared with the unwitting Russell, and is graced as well with a lavish wardrobe at a couturiere's, this latter being probably the picture's most defined moment. June's good works for the salving of Russell are dealt with in some detail, and are obviously largely appreciated by Sir Gerald, but her relationships with both father and son are skimpily sketched and emotional liaisons appear to be rather abruptly developed and severed. Veteran director George Archainbaud seems to have scant vision for whatever niceties the weak scenario might bring, and his handling of the cast and storyline are perfunctory with too many scenes marked by absence of sense; fortunately, the editing is very efficient. Although this affair begins and ends with a tendency towards placing atmosphere above plot, the last unfortunately mars the work; some fine acting turns are somewhat redemptive, particularly those by the always polished Emery and by Halliwell Hobbes as the Courtney family barrister.


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