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The Misleading Lady (1932)

Helen makes a bet to seduce a man within 3 days in order to get a lead role in a play.


Stuart Walker


Paul Dickey (play), Caroline Francke (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview:
Claudette Colbert ... Helen Steele
Edmund Lowe ... Jack Craigen
Stuart Erwin ... Boney
Robert Strange ... Sydney Parker
George Meeker ... Bob Tracy
Selena Royle ... Alice Connell
Curtis Cooksey ... Bill Connell
William Gargan ... Fitzpatrick
Nina Walker Nina Walker ... Jane Weatherby
Edgar Nelson ... Steve
Fred Stewart ... Babe Merrill
Harry Ellerbe ... Spider Sandwahl
Will Geer ... McMahon - Asylum Guard
Donald MacBride ... Bill - Asylum Guard


Tired of her social set and their trivial activities and tedious gossip about society divorces and award-winning race horses, Helen yearns for something meaningful in her life. However, Helen doesn't intend to bring forth this new purpose by caring for the sick and starving masses in India, or helping out charities and orphanages. Instead, she decides that the key to her spiritual uplift is to become an actress; so, she vies for the title role in a scandalous new play entitled The Siren.

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He had to turn caveman to tame a good girl who needed a bad slapping. (Print Ad- The Telegraph, ((Brisbane, Qld.)) 30 June 1932)




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Helen Steele: I want a part in your new play more than anything in the world.
Sydney Parker: Why you've got everything you need. Why should you want to go on the stage?
Helen Steele: I'm bored. I want to do something worthwhile.
Sydney Parker: Well, I'd like to help you but what can I do?
Helen Steele: You haven't decided on anyone for the lead in The Siren...
Sydney Parker: You could no more play the Siren than I could.
Sydney Parker: Oh, now why would it be so impossible?
Sydney Parker: Well, for one thing, you're not a star. Now if your name were on the front page...
Helen Steele: You mean if I murdered my aunt?
Sydney Parker: That's an idea.
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Misfiring Movie
24 May 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This Paramount Pre-Code was the third or fourth time this story had been filmed. Claudette Colbert is an actress trying to land a role in a playwright's unwritten show and to demonstrate she can play a fall-in-love-at-first-sight lead, she tries to make big-game-hunter Edmond Lowe fall in love with her, cutting a record of the event to demonstrate her talents. It works, but when other people find and play the record, Lowe blows up, kidnaps her and takes her to his country house.

They're pretty good for most of the show, but the third act falls apart, as hordes of people (including Will Geer in his first screen role) wander in and out, including the inevitable escapee from an insane asylum who believes he is Napoleon. Perhaps others could have pulled it off, but this cast and crew can't.

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Release Date:

15 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sensation See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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