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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

Certificate:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the film, the classroom assistant to James Stewart is referred to as Mr. Culpepper from Texas. Ginger Rogers' first husband was Edward Jackson Culpepper, known as 'Jack Pepper', from Texas. See more »

Quotes

Peter Morgan, Jr.: Oh, darling, how did you get here?
Peter Morgan, Jr.: A honeymoon without a husband is sort of silly, don't you think?
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Featured in George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

You'll Be Reminded of Me
(1938)
Written by George Jessel, Jack Meskill, and Ted Shapiro
Played during the opening and closing credits
Sung by Ginger Rogers (uncredited) at the nightclub
Played as background music often
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Adorable comedy, adorable young stars
28 February 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

It's love at first sight for Peter (James Stewart) when he spots Francey (Ginger Rogers) in a dance hall in "Vivacious Lady," a 1938 comedy also starring Charles Coburn, Beulah Bondi and James Ellison. Stewart is a college professor, and the son of the university president. He's engaged to a drab young woman from a very good family. When he goes to a dance hall to get his cousin Keith (Ellison) so they make their train, he sees Ginger, whom his cousin is also attracted to. By the next day, Stewart and Rogers are married and on their way back to the college town to face the family.

However, facing the family isn't too easy. Peter's domineering father keeps ordering him around, his mother keeps getting faint from a weak heart whenever there's a conflict...and somehow, no one knows that Francey and Peter are married and think she's dating Keith. Then, in order to get her into the prom, they have to say she's a botany student. One of the best scenes occurs at the prom, when Francey and Peter's fiancé get into a horrific catfight outside of the dance just as Peter brings his father out in another attempt to announce he's married.

But the best scene takes place in the room Francey has rented. She has a temperamental Murphy bed, and Stewart does everything he can to bring it down - banging doors, drawers, stomping, hoping it will fall.

Stewart is delightful as a young man who has to decide on priorities, and Rogers is a great match for him. She is incredibly beautiful in this movie. Handsome James Ellison gives a wonderful performance as cousin Keith, and Coburn and Bondi are perfect as the parents.

A light movie, some great scenes, fantastic stars glowing with youth - you can't ask for more.


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