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Lady with a Past (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 19 February 1932 (USA)
A wealthy, proper society girl finds that she's much more popular with men when she pretends to be a "bad" girl.

Director:

Edward H. Griffith

Writers:

Harriet Henry (novel), Horace Jackson (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Venice Muir
Ben Lyon ... Guy Bryson
David Manners ... Donnie Wainwright
Don Alvarado ... Carlos Santiagos
Albert Conti ... Rene
Merna Kennedy ... Ann Duryea
Astrid Allwyn ... Lola
Don Dillaway ... Jerry (as Donald Dillaway)
Blanche Friderici ... Nora (as Blanche Frederici)
John Roche ... Carl
Cornelius Keefe ... Spaulding
Nella Walker ... Aunt Emma
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Storyline

A wealthy, proper society girl finds that she's much more popular with men when she pretends to be a "bad" girl.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

19 February 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady with a Past See more »

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Budget:

$541,075 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Pathé Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was about to start filming with rising star Robert Williams in the role of Guy when Williams died from a sudden attack of appendicitis and peritonitis. Ben Lyon replaced him in the role. See more »

Goofs

In Venice's hotel room, Guy pours Donnie a second cocktail. Donnie is holding the glass in his left hand, but in the next shot it is in his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Venice Muir: I hope we don't meet any more men in here, Guy. My ankle won't stand it!
Guy Bryson: I'm sorry, Venice.
Venice Muir: Couldn't you find somewhere else to kick me, for a change?
Guy Bryson: Well, I could, but it wouldn't be refined.
Venice Muir: Oh, Guy!
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Soundtracks

You're Driving Me Crazy
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Walter Donaldson
Played as dance music at Lola's partry
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cute but the premise is hard to buy
7 November 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

In order to find this film believable, you have to buy the premise that Constance Bennett, one of the most beautiful and glamorous Hollywood stars ever, is unattractive to men. Does her character, Venice Muir (her parents honeymooned in Venice) wear glasses, frumpy clothes, have dull hair? Uh, no, she looks like Constance Bennett, it's just that she's playing an intelligent woman who likes to read. Meanwhile, the woman who may have poisoned her husband gets all the attention at parties.

One night, while roaring drunk, a man with whom Venice is in love, Donnie Wainwright (David Manners), proposes and wants her to sail with him to France to be married. The next day, he's sober. So Venice travels alone.

In Paris, she meets a man Buy (Ben Lyons) whom she hires as a gigolo to bring her to parties and get her into the right circles so that she can meet someone. He has the idea that if he creates a "past" for her, she will be more exciting to men.

This is a nice film, but I didn't believe it for a second. Venice has intelligence, money, glamor, beauty, and guys want to date a woman who might have killed her husband? If it had been another actress, someone like Anna Lee, Sylvia Sidney, good-looking but perhaps not a knockout, it would have been more realistic.

For Constance Bennett fans. She is always a joy, and the performances are good, particularly from Ben Lyons.


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