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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: You could let me say something. I'd like to make an impression too.
Peter Morgan, Jr.: Oh, well, you don't have to say anything.
Francey: No?
Peter Morgan, Jr.: No. You speak for yourself - and very elegantly too!
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Crazy Credits

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


Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played as background music often
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lovely
20 August 2017 | by KirpianuscusSee all my reviews

a romantic comedy. maybe, a perfect one. because it has all expected ingredients. and, sure, the right actors . it is amusing and touching and courageous. and James Stewart gives his the best in a role who, at the first sigh, reminds many others. because it is so simple. a dysfunctional family, a seductive young woman, a secret and the glamour of Ginger Rogers. all as part of a so contemporary film, ironic, great and real lovely.


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