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Vivacious Lady (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 7 August 1938 (Finland)
A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the consternation of his family and friends back home.

Director:

George Stevens

Writers:

P.J. Wolfson (screen play), Ernest Pagano (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Francey Morgan
James Stewart ... Peter Morgan, Jr.
James Ellison ... Keith Morgan
Beulah Bondi ... Martha Morgan
Charles Coburn ... Peter Morgan, Sr.
Frances Mercer ... Helen
Phyllis Kennedy ... Jenny
Franklin Pangborn ... Apartment Manager
Grady Sutton ... Culpepper - Teaching Assistant
Jack Carson ... Charlie - Waiter Captain
Alec Craig ... Joseph - Chauffeur
Willie Best ... Train Porter
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Storyline

On a quick trip to the city, young university professor Peter Morgan falls in love with nightclub performer Francey Brent and marries her after a whirlwind romance. But when he goes back home, he can't bring himself to tell his conservative, ultra-respected family about it. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1938 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Vivacious Lady See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$703,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lux Radio Theatre's version aired June 1, 1941 and starred Alice Faye and Don Ameche in the Rogers and Stewart roles. See more »

Quotes

Peter Morgan, Sr.: That car, in the bluebook value, is into $200.
Peter Morgan, Jr.: Yeah, well the bluebook value of my wife is a little more than $200 and I'm not going to trade her in, either.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are listed on the glass panels of a revolving hat display. See more »


Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played as background music when Peter carries Francey in the room
Hummed by James Ellison when he brings in a wedding cake
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One of Ginger's BEST films!
9 February 2000 | by Norm-30See all my reviews

This film is a joy from beginning to end! It's filled with many great comedic moments: Stewart getting drunk in the classroom, Roger's & Stewart's fiancee fighting in the garden (I read in Ginger's autobiography that she was wearing hockey shin guards when she was kicked!), when Ginger and her mother-in-law are dancing, and the latter's husband comes in (!).

The only "exasperating" part is Stewart's character's cowardice to tell his parents that he's married; but, without it, there wouldn't be any film!

The only Rogers film I personally like better than this film (and, only slightly) is "Bachelor Mother". But, SEE THIS!

Norm


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