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Lady with Red Hair (1940)

Approved | | Biography, Drama | 30 November 1940 (USA)
A messy divorce leaves Mrs. Leslie Carter shunned by Chicago society for being an adulteress and forbidden from having custody of her son. She's determined to return to her hometown in a ... See full summary »

Director:

Curtis Bernhardt (as Kurt Bernhardt)

Writers:

Charles Kenyon (screen play), Milton Krims (screen play) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Miriam Hopkins ... Caroline Carter
Claude Rains ... David Belasco
Richard Ainley ... Lou Payne
Laura Hope Crews ... Mrs. Dudley
Helen Westley ... Mrs. Frazier
John Litel ... Charles Bryant
Mona Barrie ... Mrs. Brooks
Victor Jory ... Mr. Clifton
Cecil Kellaway ... Mr. Chapman
Fritz Leiber ... Mr. Foster
Johnny Russell ... Dudley Carter (as Johnnie Russell)
Selmer Jackson ... Henry DeMille
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A messy divorce leaves Mrs. Leslie Carter shunned by Chicago society for being an adulteress and forbidden from having custody of her son. She's determined to return to her hometown in a few years as a success and with enough money to fight to get her son back. In order to realize her plans, she heads to New York with ambitions of being a great actress. Despite having no stage training, producer David Belasco becomes attracted to her and becomes intent on making her a star, as well as winning her heart. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Biography | Drama

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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Thursday 9 August 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Boston Wednesday 24 October 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Cincinnati Tuesday 4 December 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12), in Indianapolis Wednesday 2 January 1957 on WISH (Channel 8), and in Phoenix Thursday 31 January 1957 on KVAR (Channel 12). See more »

Goofs

None of the Broadway plays mentioned in the movie were performed by Mrs. Leslie Carter. Her Broadway debut was in a play called "The Ugly Duckling" in 1890, not "The Way of Beauty." Her second play was "Zaza," not "The Lady From France." It is not known why the names of her plays were changed. See more »

Quotes

David Belasco: Don't be frightened. Drop everything. Your parts. Your arms. Your legs. Your brain. What ever you got. Now, may I? Relax! That's it. That's it. Now, just remember, you're suspended by a rope in the center of your head to the ceiling. You're walking on air. You're not self-conscious. You're not awkward now, are you? You can be frightened to death; but, you can make an entrance and hold any audience. They can hiss at you, yell at you, throw dead cats at you; but, they can't destroy your poise! If...
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The Farmer in the Dell
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SECOND use of "Oz" background music in another film
14 November 2003 | by RipshinSee all my reviews

This film was released a year after "The Wizard of Oz," and I was surprised to hear some of that classic's music being utilized in a scene here. The music in question from "Oz" is played over the opening scenes of Dorothy and Toto (puzzlingly entitled "Trouble In School"), and several times throughout the film. In "Lady with Red Hair," the same music is heard in scenes involving the lead character's young child.

Interestingly, in 1951, the film "Too Young to Kiss" utilized the exact same music over the opening credits.

Being that 1939's "Oz" came first, I can only assume the later films "borrowed" composer Harold Arlen's score.

CORRECTION: I have been informed that the above-mentioned tune is actually not original to "Oz," but is a classically composed children's tune.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher de Cabelos Vermelhos See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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