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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Venice Muir
... Guy Bryson
... Donnie Wainwright
... Carlos Santiagos
Albert Conti ... Rene
... Ann Duryea
... Lola
... Jerry (as Donald Dillaway)
... Nora (as Blanche Frederici)
... Carl
... Spaulding
... Aunt Emma
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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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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19 February 1932 (USA)  »

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$541,075 (estimated)
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(RCA Photophone System)

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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

About 12 minutes into the film, Constance mentions to the host that her drink is strong. When the host offers to taste it, she hands him a glass that has less liquid than when it cuts to him tasting the cocktail. See more »

Quotes

Donnie Wainwright: You shouldn't have done that.
Venice Muir: No, Donnie, I shouldn't have.
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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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The surprise of this film is Ben Lyon
10 July 2007 | by See all my reviews

Okay, the plot is sort of silly -- you have to accept that gorgeous society girl Constance Bennett, in a succession of clinging gowns, has difficulty attracting men. So much so that on a whirlwind trip to Paris, she hires penniless American Ben Lyon as a gigolo, if only to prove that she isn't a complete dud.

Bennett exudes her trademark seductive charm. But it's Lyon, as her romantic mentor, who bring the "Lady with a Past" to life. He gives a brash, breezy, effortless performance reminiscent of Melvyn Douglas at his best in the days of "Ninotchka" and "Theodora Goes Wild." Not many of Lyon's films, with the exception of "Hells Angels," have been seen in recent years. And I always had the idea that he was a stick-figure straight man.

It was entertaining to be proved wrong.


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