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Lady Be Good (1941)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical | 10 November 1941 (UK)
Songwriters Dixie Donegan and Eddie Crane are still in love after their divorce. Dixie's friend Marilyn Marsh tries to convince them to marry again, but this isn't that easy.

Directors:

Norman Z. McLeod, Busby Berkeley (uncredited)

Writers:

Jack McGowan (screen play), Kay Van Riper (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eleanor Powell ... Marilyn Marsh
Ann Sothern ... Dixie Donegan
Robert Young ... Eddie Crane
Lionel Barrymore ... Judge Murdock
John Carroll ... Buddy Crawford
Red Skelton ... Joe 'Red' Willet
Virginia O'Brien ... Lull
Tom Conway ... Mr. Blanton
Dan Dailey ... Bill Pattison (as Dan Dailey Jr.)
Reginald Owen ... Max Milton
Rose Hobart ... Mrs. Carter Wardley
Phil Silvers ... Master of Ceremonies
The Berry Brothers The Berry Brothers ... Specialty Number
James Berry James Berry ... James Berry
Warren Berry Warren Berry ... Warren Berry
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Songwriters Dixie Donegan and Eddie Crane are still in love after their divorce. Dixie's friend Marilyn Marsh tries to convince them to marry again, but this isn't that easy. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Taglines:

THE TAP-HAPPIEST, SWING-SINGIEST, MELODIC MIRACLE SINCE "ZIEGFELD GIRL"! (original print media ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Musical

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 1941 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Divorce en musique See more »

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Budget:

$863,460 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Originally, any song that was used in a movie was eligible for the Best Song Academy Award. Jerome Kern was himself upset at his win for "The Last Time I Saw Paris". Afterwards, he got the Academy to change the rule so that only original songs composed specifically for the movie were eligible. See more »

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When Marilyn is tap dancing with the dog, she does a few cartwheels. While she is on her hands, the tapping dancing sound continues. See more »

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Featured in That's Entertainment, Part II (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, Lady Be Good!
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Chorus
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Lots of talent but not much script
22 November 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Robert Young, Ann Sothern, Eleanor Parker, Red Skelton, and Lionel Barrymore star in "Lady Be Good," a 1941 film about two married and then unmarried songwriters.

He (Young) writes the music, she (Sothern) writes the words, but once Dixie and Eddie Crane become successes, Eddie becomes a little taken with the Park Avenue set and Dixie, bored by the whole thing, suggests that they divorce. They do, but they soon find themselves working together again, and Eddie wants to re-marry Dixie.

Sothern sings beautifully, and Young has a pleasant voice as they croon their way through various songs. Sothern sings "You'll Never Know," and "The Last Time I Saw Paris," and Young duets with her in "Your Words and My Music" and "Lady Be Good." The film's real energy comes from Eleanor Parker, who is beautiful and does two terrific numbers, "Lady Be Good" with Buttons the dog, and "Fascinatin' Rhythm," choreographed by Busby Berkeley. Had this movie been better, you'd be seeing both her numbers in movie musical documentaries and film compilations today. They're terrific. The Berry Brothers are outstanding, and in the same section, do a phenomenal number.

Sothern is lovely and delightful as always, and Young is an affable leading man. I wish there had been more of a script for all this talent.


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