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Fight for Your Lady (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 5 November 1937 (USA)
Wrestling trainer puts himself in charge of a singer's love life when the singer is jilted by a rich girl.


Benjamin Stoloff (as Ben Stoloff)


Ernest Pagano (screen play), Harry Segall (screen play) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
John Boles ... Robert Densmore
Jack Oakie ... Honest 'Ham' Hamilton
Ida Lupino ... Marietta
Margot Grahame ... Marcia Trent
Gordon Jones ... Mike Scanlon
Erik Rhodes ... Anton Spadissimo
Billy Gilbert ... Boris
Paul Guilfoyle ... Jim Trask
Georges Renavent ... Joris
Charles Judels ... Felix Janos
Maude Eburne ... Nadya
Charles Coleman ... Densmore's Butler
Leona Roberts ... Cleaning Woman
Forrester Harvey ... Referee (as Forester Harvey)


Ham Hamilton knows that gold-digger Marcia Trent is only after Robert Densmore for his money, so he tells Marcia that Robert is broke and she calls off the announced wedding. Disappointed and ready to die, Robert goes to Budapest, with Ham as his companion, where he decides he can best accomplish his death wish by making love to Marietta, whose husband, Spadissimo is the finest swordsman in all of Europe and will surely kill him in a duel. The duel is on and Robert is very quickly on the losing end when Ham, knowing that Spadissimo has a mother complex, poses as Robert's mother and Spadissimo breaks down in tears, while Robert, Marietta and Ham make a quick exit stage left. Marcia, having learned that Robert is not broke enters ready to renew the romance, but takes her romance notion in another direction when the sees the size of the castle of the recently-jilted Spadissimo. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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LOVE DEFIES A DUEL OF DEATH! (original print ad - Lubbock Morning Avalanche - Lindsey Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - Jan. 12, 1938 -all caps)


Comedy | Romance


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The car Ham jumps on to join Marietta is different from the car that arrives at the duel. The former had front and back seats inside the car body, the latter has an open cockpit for the driver. The two vehicles also have different license plates. See more »


Marietta: Listen, I have made a most terrible mistake, Mr. Robert Densmore has no mother, no he never had a mother.
Anton Spadissimo: Never had a mother? He is what you call incubator baby like a chicken? Oh, I see.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown over dueling swords, which play key roles at the end of the film. See more »


Blame It on the Danube
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Sung in the cafe by Ida Lupino (uncredited) through her dummy
Reprised by John Boles (uncredited) while dancing with Ida Lupino (uncredited)
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Relax, We're Joking
15 July 2014 | by dogwater-1See all my reviews

Consistent throughout. Long-tailed gags, mugging by Oakie, actual acting by the young Ida Lupino, a funny villainess in Margot Graham, the inimitable Billy Gilbert, solid support from Paul Guilfoyle all add up to a nice little meringue if you are so inclined. John Boles sings "Blame it on the Danube" with Frank Loesser lyrics, "feeling okay from too much Tokay." The setting is Budapest so there are several goulash jokes. Erik Rhodes is quite funny as a champion dueler with "a sort of mother complex." Lupino plays his little sister who has a ventriloquist act with the blandest dummy ever who sings. Nothing makes particular sense. Nor should it.

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Release Date:

5 November 1937 (USA) See more »

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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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