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Vogues of 1938 (1937)

The blueblooded Van Kletterings are broke; debutante Wendy, slated to remedy this by marrying rich bore Henry Morgan, instead leaves him at the altar and goes to work as a model for ... See full summary »


Irving Cummings


Bella Spewack (original screenplay), Sam Spewack (original screenplay) (as Samuel Spewack)
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Warner Baxter ... George Curson
Joan Bennett ... Wendy Van Klettering
Helen Vinson ... Mary Curson
Mischa Auer ... Prince Muratov
Alan Mowbray ... Henry Morgan
Jerome Cowan ... W. Brockton
Alma Kruger ... Sophie Miller
Marjorie Gateson ... Mrs. George Curtis-Lemke
Penny Singleton ... Miss Violet Sims (as Dorothy McNulty)
Polly Rowles ... Betty Mason
George Tapps George Tapps ... Tap Dancer (as Georgie Tapp)
Virginia Verrill ... Singer
Fred Lawrence ... Singer
Gloria Gilbert Gloria Gilbert ... Ballet Dancer
The Olympic Trio The Olympic Trio ... Roller Skating Duet (as Olympic Trio)


The blueblooded Van Kletterings are broke; debutante Wendy, slated to remedy this by marrying rich bore Henry Morgan, instead leaves him at the altar and goes to work as a model for high-fashion clothing designer George Curson, whom she soon falls for. But he's happily married (at least on his side) and going into debt financing a show to please wife Mary's desire for stardom. Vindictive Morgan, jealous of George, hopes to hasten his ruin. Can the House of Curson be saved? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Girls, music, romance, stars, comedy, fashions...all done in Advanced TECHNICOLOR so dazzling it takes your breath away! (original print ad) See more »


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Did You Know?


Walter Wanger wanted to make a Vogues movie since 1934 (he signed Frances Langford for it in December 1934), but waited till the Technicolor process reached a higher state of development. Langford was listed as member of the cast till 1937 and it is unknown if there were any scenes with her shot, but she does not appear in the final version. See more »


Wendy Van Klettering: Why do they call this thing a loving cup?
Maid: Why, I don't know.
Wendy Van Klettering: Here, take it. My hands are full carrying a torch.
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Crazy Credits

The credits appear on pieces of fabric that unroll, and after each credit appears, the fabric displaying it is cut by a fashion model with a giant pair of scissors. See more »


Referenced in The Southerner (1945) See more »


"Lady Of The Evening (1937) (uncredited)
Lyrics by Paul Francis Webster
Music by Louis Alter
Copyright 1937 by Leo Feist, Inc.
Sung by Fred Lawrence and chorus
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Thank goodness there was no sequel!
27 January 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Vogues of 1938" was obviously an expensive and prestigious film and it must have cost the studio a fortune. After all, very, very films were filmed in color back in 1937. Plus, the movie is filled with pretty models, designer gowns and opulence. And, incidentally, it's STILL a terrible film. Why? Because the story is very thin and one fashion show after another gets incredibly boring. So, no matter how good the acting is of Warner Baxter and Joan Bennett, they aren't given much with which to work. And the story just never in the least gets interesting...never.

So is there anything good about the film? Not a lot. I did enjoy the production number early in the film with the black band--in particular the pianist who was playing a nifty jazz piece. Other than that, a complete waste of time and a film that is all style and absolutely no substance.

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Release Date:

17 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vogues See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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