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When Ladies Meet (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 23 June 1933 (USA)
Mary, a writer working on a novel about a love triangle, is attracted to her publisher. Her suitor Jimmy is determined to break them up; he introduces Mary to the publisher's wife without ... See full summary »


Harry Beaumont, Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited)


John Meehan (screen play), Leon Gordon (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ... Clare Woodruf
Robert Montgomery ... Jimmie Lee
Myrna Loy ... Mary Howard
Alice Brady ... Bridget Drake
Frank Morgan ... Rogers Woodruf
Martin Burton ... Walter Manners
Luis Alberni ... Pierre - the Servant


Mary, a writer working on a novel about a love triangle, is attracted to her publisher. Her suitor Jimmy is determined to break them up; he introduces Mary to the publisher's wife without telling Mary who she is. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Comedy | Romance


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English | French

Release Date:

23 June 1933 (USA) See more »

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Truth Is Stranger See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Remade in 1941 with Joan Crawford as Mary, Greer Garson as Claire, and Robert Taylor as Jimmy. Interestingly, Spring Byington, who created the role of Bridget Drake in the original Broadway production, did not appear in this initial film version but went on to reclaim the role in 1941, by which time she had arrived in Hollywood. See more »


In the garden at Bridget's home, Mary is next to a small statuette that holds a wreath and stands on a simple pedestal. In the next scene, the statuette's relationship to Mary has changed, the wreath is missing, and the pedestal more complex. In the third scene, the statuette has reverted to that in the first scene. See more »


Mary Howard: You know me. I'm the girl who writes books, very smart books about modern people, very smart people. I know exactly how everybody feels, exactly what everybody's thinking. That's how smart I am! I couldn't be fooled. I know all the jokes. Even when they're on me.
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Try a Little Tenderness
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry M. Woods
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I guess I'm the odd man (woman) out
1 June 2006 | by overseer-3See all my reviews

I was so prepared to fall in love with this film, after hearing glowing remarks about it from other people. So I sat down to watch, expecting a real precode treat, and what I saw was a very unrealistic and rather silly scenario of two women appearing to like each other, one who is married and has children (Ann Harding) by the other lady's publisher (Frank Morgan), while he conducts a secret affair with the writer (Myrna Loy). Sound complicated and sleazy already? You're starting to get the picture.

Bob Montgomery plays a real airhead here and I had no patience with him. He is in love with the Myrna Loy writer character who is having the affair with the married man, and is low down enough to bring the publisher's unsuspecting wife to the trysting place of her husband and his paramour, knowing that eventually there will be a major confrontation and people he supposedly likes will be hurt. I usually love Bob Montgomery, but he really tried my patience here with this character. He behaves like a spoiled kid who whines because he can't have a lollipop he's always wanted. I also usually love Myrna Loy, but her character here was an idiot. I kept talking to her through the screen, "Wake up! You know you don't really believe all this 'live and let live' nonsense you're spouting." (Yes, I know, I'm losing it, talking to dead actors on a screen, but hey, it takes all kinds to make a world). ;)

Ann Harding was the only one who showed some dignity in this story, and I enjoyed her performance. One wonders how her character was so stupid to marry this publisher in the first place though.

Comic relief was also supplied by fruitcake Alice Brady and her ever-present, obvious lover, the piano player Walter (played delightfully by an actor named Martin Burton, who had me giggling like crazy; would love to see more of his work).

7 out of 10.

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