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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Since Ginger Rogers' legs were insured for $500,000, they were strapped with boards and padded for protection during the fight scene. Filming on The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939) started soon after this movie wrapped, and RKO could not afford to have an injured musical star. See more »

Quotes

Francey: [Helen slaps Francey] Now, what did you do that for? I'm only gonna have to hit you right back.
[Francey slaps Helen]
Helen: Why you contemptible little blonde! How dare you slap me! You can't get away with that! Who do you think you are?
[Helen slaps Francey]
Helen: There! And that's one for you and there's plenty more where that came from. And I won't keep still. I won't! I won't! I won't!
[Francey slaps Helen]
Helen: How dare you! How dare you! You can't do that to me! I won't keep still! I won't! I won't!
[...]
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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

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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Classic romantic comedy with two exceptional protagonists : Stewart and Rogers
19 October 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The picture focuses a ingenuous , mild-mannered teacher (James Stewart) , he goes N.Y.City and he meets a beautiful chorus girl (Ginger Rogers) from Broadway . But the problems are always cropping up when he must tell their marriage to the conservative parents (Charles Coburn , Belulah Bondi) and his former bride .

The picture displays screwball comedy , romance , jokes , giggles and lots of amusement . The film highlights are : the struggle between the fiancée and wife in public presence , a drunk Stewart explaining the lesson and the room family dancing in the face of Charles Coburn . However , being eventually hampered by racist stereotypes on the black people characterizations (the two black servants). James Stewart and Ginger Rogers are awesome , both of whom are top-notch comedy actors . Stewart is a phenomenal comedian as he proved in : ¨It's a wonderful life¨ , ¨Shop Around of corner¨ and ¨Philadelpia story¨ . Ginger Rogers is number one as the best dancer actress (though here she only carries out one dance) ; besides , being a riveting comedian and she won an Academy Award for her portrayal in ¨Kitty Foyle : Natural history of a woman¨ . The support cast is first range : Charles Coburn , James Ellison , Jack Carson and Belulah Bondi , this is one of five times that she portrayed James Stewart's mother . And Hattie McDaniel , she is a number of ways , superior to most of the white folks surrounding her , she was the first African-American to win an Oscar (Gone with the wind). The motion picture was magnificently directed by George Stevens who obtained two Oscars and directed excellent movies (Shane , Giant , Gunga Din , A place in the sun). The picture will appeal to sparkling romantic comedy enthusiasts and Stewart , Rogers fans .


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