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First Lady (1937)

Approved | | Comedy | 4 December 1937 (USA)
As presidential election time approaches in Washington it is the women behind the scenes who seem to be making the decisions.

Director:

Stanley Logan

Writers:

Rowland Leigh (screen play), George S. Kaufman (play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kay Francis ... Lucy Chase Wayne
Preston Foster ... Stephen Wayne
Anita Louise ... Emmy Page
Walter Connolly ... Carter Hibbard
Verree Teasdale ... Irene Hibbard
Victor Jory ... Gordon Keane
Marjorie Rambeau ... Belle Hardwick
Marjorie Gateson ... Sophy Prescott
Louise Fazenda ... Mrs. Lavinia Mae Creevey
Henry O'Neill ... George Mason
Grant Mitchell ... Ellsworth T. Banning
Eric Stanley Eric Stanley ... Tom Hardwicke
Lucile Gleason ... Mrs. Ives (as Lucille Gleason)
Sara Haden ... Mrs. Mason
Harry Davenport ... Charles
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As presidential election time approaches in Washington it is the women behind the scenes who seem to be making the decisions.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

4 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Intrigas da Alta Roda See more »

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Budget:

$485,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First Lady (1935). Comedy. Written by Katharine Dayton and George S. Kaufman. Directed by George S. Kaufman. Music Box Theatre: 26 Nov 1935- Jun 1936 (closing date unknown/246 performances). Cast: Jane Cowl (as "Lucy Chase Wayne"), Florenz Ames, Don Beddoe (as "Jason Fleming"), Leslie Bingham, Isis Brinn, Helen Brooks, Jessie Busley, Lily Cahill, Armand Cortes (as "Senor Ortega"), Frank Dae (as "George Mason"), Thomas Findlay, Ruth Hovey, Bradford Hunt, Naoe Kondo, Charles La Rue, Judson Laire, Donald McKenzie, Lillian Norton, Daniel Ocko, George Parsons, Diantha Pattison (as "Sophy"), Susan Powers, Stanley Ridges (as "Stephen Wayne"), Margherita Sargent, James Seeley, John M. Troughton, Rita Grapel (as "Ann Forrester"), Regina Wallace, Ethel Wilson, Hon. Wu, Oswald Yorke (as "Cater Hibbard"). Produced by Sam Harris. Note: FIlmed by Warner Brothers in 1937 as a Kay Francis vehicle. See more »

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Boy Meets Girl
(1936) (uncredited)
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Not the Washington of Today (or ever, really)
22 May 2002 | by lawprofSee all my reviews

A very dated but still amusing political comedy, "First Lady" showcases Kay Francis's great comedic talent as the wife of a secretary of state destined, in her view, for the White House once presided over by her grandpa. The screen text as the film begins to roll alerts viewers to the "fact" that men control politics but behind the scenes the ladies are not without influence. Dated! But funny!

A comedy of machinations and quick-witted dialogue, "First Lady" is a period piece and it's fun to see how the filmmakers of the late 30s fantasized a Washington that never was. This must have been a nice distraction as America inched out of the Depression and moved closer to global war. It's good entertainment today.


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