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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 »

Director:

Lloyd Corrigan

Writers:

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

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
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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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THE LIVELY STORY OF A PLAYBOY AND A LADY WHO WOULDN'T PLAY... See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1937 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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[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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Do you know about tropes?...
6 December 2017 | by calvinnmeSee all my reviews

because this film is full of commonly used themes from the 30s yet it turns out to be charming: There is the sister who's the goof-off, whose life is a mess and the older, proper but repressed sister who is called to bail her out. The sister returns the following morning married to a some millionaire after partying, then is sleeping it off under covers that remain unnoticed by a stranger in the room. There are the step-children who think they are smarter than the adults and are still clueless. There is an ex-husband who's sweet, charming, but loves the racehorses more than people. Finally there is the millionaire groom who must have been even more drunk than the bride.

Sally Eilers is part of this and more in this impostor identity romantic comedy with its share of confusion and "no good deed will go unpunished" bits slipping into slapstick now and then, as she tries to protect the reputation of erstwhile sister Patricia Farr. Grant Mitchell plays the meddling - but necessary to explain events - godfather to both women, and Neil Hamilton is the slightly befuddled bridegroom. Joseph Schildkraut is amazing as the pony-loving ex-to Farr, and it's hard to believe this movie was released at nearly the same time as "The Life of Emile Zola" in which Schildkraut gives his unforgettable performance as wrongfully convicted Dreyfus.


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