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I Live My Life (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 4 October 1935 (USA)
Kay, a bored society girl from New York, takes a trip to Greece-where she meets, Terry, an archaeologist. Kay flirts with Terry and he falls for Kay. Kay heads back to New York and Terry ... See full summary »


W.S. Van Dyke


Gottfried Reinhardt (story), Ethel B. Borden (story) (as Ethel Borden) | 2 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Crawford ... Kay Bentley
Brian Aherne ... Terence 'Terry' O'Neill
Frank Morgan ... G.P. Bentley
Aline MacMahon ... Betty Collins
Eric Blore ... Grove, Bentley's Butler
Fred Keating ... Gene Piper
Jessie Ralph ... Mrs. O.H.B. Gage, Kay's Grandmother
Arthur Treacher ... Gallup, Mrs. Gage's Butler
Frank Conroy ... Doctor
Etienne Girardot ... Professor
Esther Dale ... Brumbaugh, Mrs. Gage's Housekeeper
Hale Hamilton ... Uncle Carl
Hilda Vaughn ... Miss Ann Morrison
Frank Shields ... Outer Office Secretary
Sterling Holloway ... Max


Kay, a bored society girl from New York, takes a trip to Greece-where she meets, Terry, an archaeologist. Kay flirts with Terry and he falls for Kay. Kay heads back to New York and Terry follows her to propose marriage. Terry sees Kays lifestyle is uncomfortable. He decides to leave, but, Mrs. Gage (Kay's grandmother) encourages Terry to stay. They become engaged. Just before the wedding Kay and Terry have a huge quarrel. Will Terry be left at the altar? Written by Kelly

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The dancing lady has a new sweetheart ...!


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

4 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Glitter See more »


Box Office


$586,000 (estimated)
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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?


This film received its first documented telecast in Cincinnati Tuesday 26 April 1957 on WXIX (Channel 19) (Newport KY), followed by Chicago 2 May 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Phoenix 16 June 1957 on KPHO (Channel 5), by Norfolk VA 29 June 1957 on WTAR (Channel 3), by Honolulu 30 July 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), by Philadelphia 16 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by New Haven CT 30 September 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), by Altoona PA 14 October 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), by Spokane 23 October 1957 on KHQ (Channel 6), by Binghamton NY 29 October 1957 on WNBF (Channel 12), by Indianapolis 5 December 1957 on WLW-I (Channel 13), by Seattle 25 January 1958 on KING (Channel 5), and, eventually by Los Angeles 24 April 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco it was first aired 6 December 1962 on KGO (Channel 7) and in New York 1 May 1963 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


When being carried down the hill after hurting her ankle Kay Bently's (Joan Crawford) blouse goes from soiled to clean several times. See more »


Mrs. O.H.B. Gage, Kay's Grandmother: Who's his parents?
Kay Bentley: I imagine they were Mr. and Mrs. O'Neill.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits there's a background scenery of Greece. See more »


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Bridal March
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
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I Live My Life has little of it.
14 April 2011 | by st-shotSee all my reviews

Tall, dull and handsome Brian Aherne is no match for Joan Crawford in this tepid, loose screwball that never catches fire. Trouper Crawford looks fit and trim riding a donkey backwards as well as stunning in a form fitting wedding gown but Aherne's Terry lacks the male intensity to parry with Joan for the film to balance properly making it a rather lopsided and unsatisfying affair. The only , albeit brief, moments of humor belong to two of the best go to servants in film history, Arthur Treacher and Eric Blore.

Spoiled little rich girl Kay Bentley literally falls into an archaeological dig in Greece where she meets Terry O'Neil who is at first annoyed but soon bewitched by Kay. He pursues her back to the states and the two begin a romantically abrasive relationship that continues right up to the altar.

As the entitled and rebellious Kay, Crawford's character is given little to work with and undeveloped while Aherne's thick headed and socially inept Irishman is an insensitive but then as now acceptable stereotype. He may have a doctorate but he's Irish and lack of decorum in polite society is to be expected. Support wise, Frank Morgan does his usual dithering and calming influence Aline MacMahon lends council in a typical day's work for both but like the rest of the cast fail to put any life into this formless formulaic that limps along rather than stride.

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