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Lady Behave! (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 22 December 1937 (USA)
It's bad enough that Clarice Kendall Andrews, Paula's irresponsible sister, comes home from celebrating Mardi Gras and drunkenly mentions that she got married during the festivities. What's... See full summary »


Lloyd Corrigan


Joseph Krumgold (screenplay), Olive Cooper (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Sally Eilers ... Paula Kendall
Neil Hamilton ... Stephen Cormack
Joseph Schildkraut ... Michael Andrews
Grant Mitchell ... Burton Williams
Patricia Farr ... Clarice Kendall Andrews Cormack
Marcia Mae Jones ... Patricia Cormack
George Ernest ... Hank Cormack
Warren Hymer ... Butch
Robert Greig ... Alfred
Charles Richman ... Howell
Spencer Charters ... Innkeeper
Mary Gordon ... Cook


It's bad enough that Clarice Kendall Andrews, Paula's irresponsible sister, comes home from celebrating Mardi Gras and drunkenly mentions that she got married during the festivities. What's worse is the fact that Paula knows that Clarice is still married to an equally irresponsible gigolo. Paula learns that the man Clarice married, Stephen Cormack, has skipped the country and his lawyer, thinking that Paula is Clarice, offers the older woman $5000 to annul the marriage. Paula's lawyer convinces her to pretend she's Cormack's husband until he can get Clarice's marriage annulled. Paula moves into Cormack's house and discovers he has two teen-aged children who consider her a gold-digger after their father's fortune. Meanwhile, Clarice's husband refuses to have their marriage annulled and tries to blackmail Paula into giving him to $10,000 for his silence. Written by David Bassler

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His motto, LIVE, LOVE AND LEARN! Hers, LIVE, LOVE AND SPURN! See more »


Comedy | Romance


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The original script had to be adjusted when PCA Director Joseph Breen questioned the advisability of "dealing with so serious a subject as a bigamous marriage, where the treatment is set for comedy." After a few changes, Breen did approve the film. See more »


[first lines]
[Clarice's friend honks his car horn]
Clarice's Date: We'll be right out! Hurry, Clarice, the horses are frothing!
Clarice Kendall Andrews Cormack: Snap it up, Paula!
Paula Kendall: Hold still, baby.
Clarice Kendall Andrews Cormack: Well, we're going to be late.
[to her date, referring to Paula]
Clarice Kendall Andrews Cormack: She never goes to Mardi Gras.
Paula Kendall: [to Clarice's date] She squirts seltzer bottles. Watch it.
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Promising Premise Partially Realized
11 August 2019 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Fitfully funny slice of madcap. Movie picks up steam as it goes along, especially when the kids come in. Seems only way Paula can keep sister Clarice from jail for bigamy is to get her sister's first marriage annulled. But to do that Paula has to pretend to be wife Clarice in first husband Cormack's wealthy household. Seems Cormack was too foggy to remember the real Clarice, so the trick might work, that is, if his two rambunctious teens will accept their new mom. If this sounds complicated, it is, so you may need a scorecard.

I wish there were more snappy lines to go with the fast-paced hijinks, but apparently the censors were active- (IMDB)- given the.touchy premise of fake marriage. As a result, the dialogue doesn't help the potential, leaving the chuckles to various antics instead.

Anyway, Eilers does well as the sober-sided Paula who centers the film; then too, I think I notice a faint facial resemblance to Joan Crawford, of all people. At the same time,1960's Batman- helper, Neil Hamilton, shows a handsome younger face as Cormack, combining both looks and straight-man deadpan. There's also a good look at peppy teenager Marcia Mae Jones who does keep things moving. In fact, she almost takes over the film in its latter stages.

All in all, if you're not expecting polished madcap in the 30's style of MGM or TCF, the antics are mildly amusing, even if no thanks to the Breen office (IMDB).

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Release Date:

22 December 1937 (USA) See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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