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Lady by Choice (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 15 October 1934 (USA)
An elderly, brash drunk is hired to help improve the image of a controversial dancer, and the two women form an unlikely friendship.

Director:

David Burton

Writers:

Jo Swerling (screen play), Dwight Taylor (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Carole Lombard ... Alabam Lee
May Robson ... Patricia Patterson
Roger Pryor ... Johnny Mills
Walter Connolly ... Judge Daly
Arthur Hohl ... Kendall
Raymond Walburn ... Front O'Malley
James Burke ... Brannigan
Henry Kolker ... Opper
Mariska Aldrich Mariska Aldrich ... Lucretia
Johnny Boyle Johnny Boyle ... Walsh (as John Boyle)
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Storyline

Fan dancer Alabam Lee is convicted of breaching the morals code with her racy shows. Her agent has her adopt a "mother" from an old ladies home as a publicity ploy to improve her image. Alabam chooses Patricia"Patsy" Patterson, a drunk and disorderly street lady with a past. Patsy has a protector in Johnny Mills, the lawyer son of her old flame. When Johnny comes to visit Patsy he meets Alabam and the two eventually fall in love. Both Patsy and the everpresent Judge Daly think that Alabam is golddigging for Johnny's money and their attempts to break things up puts the relationship on shaky ground. Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Men who loved her grew sadder - but WISER !

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hello Big Boy See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (original)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

While many cast members in studio records/casting call lists did not appear or were not identifiable in the 76-minute print available today, they were left in the cast list because of the missing 9 minutes. See more »

Quotes

Alabam Lee: It's gin money to help her forget that new deal you've just handed her.
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Connections

Follows Lady for a Day (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

M-O-T-H-E-R, a Word That Means the World to Me
(1915) (uncredited)
Music by Theodore Morse
Lyrics by Howard Johnson
Sung by Abe Dinovitch in the bar, with piano accompaniment
Partially sung a cappella by May Robson at her trial
Played on piano and partially sung by Carole Lombard
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Apple Annie Rides Again
17 August 2006 | by movingpicturegalSee all my reviews

Carole Lombard plays a fan dancer (working under the moniker "Alabam, the Human Heat Wave") who hooks up with a haggardly, dice rolling, beer guzzler named Patsy when she adopts her out of the "old ladies home" as her new mother, a publicity stunt for Mother's Day. Moving in with Alabam into her swanky apartment, the two women soon bond over shots of straight whiskey, Alabam buys the old lady a new wardrobe, then both try to reform the other of their bad ways. And yes indeed, there is a male love interest for Lombard, a character who fits somewhat loosely into this whole plot.

Interesting film, the first half better than the second, I thought, but I do like the interaction between Carole Lombard and May Robson who plays Patsy - they come across as pretty chummy, which works well for this story. Lombard appears in a number of gorgeous outfits here, everything from glamorous, fur-sleeved dress to satin rompers (how 'bout that ragged old hat with the dead bird hanging off it that Patsy wears in the beginning?!). Worth seeing.


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