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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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Storyline

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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Box Office

Budget:

$863,460 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Original director Busby Berkeley was replaced during production by Norman Z. McLeod. Berkeley was kept to direct the musical numbers. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.8 (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Fascinating Rhythm
(1924) (uncredited)
Music by George Gershwin
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Sung by Connie Russell
Danced by The Berry Brothers
Also danced by Eleanor Powell with chorus
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One of the best musicals of this period!
17 April 2006 | by IncalculacableSee all my reviews

I found Lady Be Good to be a refreshing, surprisingly intelligent and upbeat musical with great songs and dances. The story is about a married song writing team who divorces. The story starts with Ann Southern explaining the story and follows on from there. The script is incredibly witty, and there is some great physical comedy. Some of the of the best music of all time written for this movie, including "Lady Be Good" which always gets in my head and the more famous "The Last time I saw Paris". The Gershwin's are incredible. So a combination of a witty script, great acting, great music and great dancing makes this a wonderful musical - a stand out from the rest! A truly lighthearted and entertaining musical.


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