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The Lady Has Plans (1942)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 24 January 1942 (USA)
Some dastardly criminals have stolen some top secret plans and tattoo them on the back of a woman so she can sell them to the highest bidder in Lisbon. This woman plans to take the place of... See full summary »


Sidney Lanfield


Harry Tugend (screenplay), Leo Birinsky (based on a story by)


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Cast overview:
Ray Milland ... Kenneth Clarence Harper
Paulette Goddard ... Sidney Royce
Roland Young ... Ronald Dean
Albert Dekker ... Baron Von Kemp
Margaret Hayes ... Rita Lenox
Cecil Kellaway ... Peter Miles
Addison Richards ... Paul Baker
Edward Norris ... Frank Richards
Charles Arnt ... Pooly
Hans Schumm ... 1st German
Hans von Morhart Hans von Morhart ... 2nd German
Genia Nikolaieva ... Miss Schlinger - German Maid
Gerald Mohr ... Joe Scalsi
Lionel Royce Lionel Royce ... Guard


Some dastardly criminals have stolen some top secret plans and tattoo them on the back of a woman so she can sell them to the highest bidder in Lisbon. This woman plans to take the place of a 'Sidney Royce', a legitimate traveler going to Lisbon as a reporter. Crossed signals allows the real Sidney to reach Portugal first, where she is pursued by those trying to obtain the plans and US government agents trying to prevent the sale. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Spine-tingling thrills as Ray and Paulette trap a barebacked spy in a barefaced lie! (original herald) See more »


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Release Date:

24 January 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

En Pige med Planer See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. Its initial television presentation took place in Omaha 15 January 1959 on KETV (Channel 7), and it eventually became a popular local favorite as it was eventually aired by Milwaukee 24 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6), by Seattle 27 May 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), by Phoenix 22 August 1959 on KVAR (Channel 12), by Grand Rapids 10 November 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), by Hartford 2 March 1960 on WTIC (Channel 3), by Miami 14 March 1960 on WTVJ (Channel 4), by Pittsburgh 7 July 1960 on KDKA (Channel 2), by San Francisco 28 July 1960 on KPIX (Channel 5), by Johnstown 18 September 1960 on WJAC (Channel 6), by Cincinnati 23 September 1960 on WKRC (Channel 12), and by Salt Lake City 24 October on KUTV (Channel 2) See more »

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While the plot is a bit weird, it's an enjoyable WWII spy yarn...
10 September 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the film begins, a lady is having top secret plans drawn onto her back using invisible ink. She is NOT tattooed despite what the summary says...trust me on this! The plan is to have this lady travel to neutral Lisbon in order to sell it to the highest bidder-- be it the Allies or the Nazis! As a cover, the plan is to have this evil woman pretend to be Sidney Royce, a news correspondent. To do this, they arrange to have the real Ms. Royce waylaid. However, this part of the plan is messed up when their agent is captured by American customs officials...and the real Royce (Paulette Goddard) ends up in Lisbon BEFORE the fake one arrives. Immediately, she is shocked--she's given a suite in the hotel and it's paid for AND soon agents approach her and start making seemingly unseemly remakes to her--telling her to take off her clothes and show them her back!! She thinks the British and Nazi officials are just dirty old men-- not realizing that they think she has these plans on her back! There's much, much more to the story and a bit of a romance with a handsome correspondent (Ray Milland). How will all this craziness end? See the film.

This movie is an interesting and enjoyable blend of comedy, suspense and romance. Unusual to say the least and the plot does work despite the crazy story idea about invisible ink on a woman's back! Well worth seeing. Excellent acting and just fun to watch.

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