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The Lady Is Willing (1942)

In order to adopt an abandoned baby, an actress arranges a marriage of convenience with a doctor.

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

James Edward Grant (story), James Edward Grant (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlene Dietrich ... Elizabeth 'Liza' Madden
Fred MacMurray ... Dr. Corey T. McBain
Aline MacMahon ... Buddy
Stanley Ridges ... Kenneth Hanline
Arline Judge ... Frances
Roger Clark ... Victor
Marietta Canty ... Mary Lou
David James David James ... Baby Corey
Ruth Ford Ruth Ford ... Myrtle Glossamer
Harvey Stephens ... Dr. Golding
Harry Shannon ... Detective Sergeant Barnes
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Cummings
Charles Lane ... K.K. Miller
Murray Alper ... Joe Quig
Kitty Kelly ... Nellie Quig
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Storyline

Bold, eccentric Broadway performer Liza Madden befuddles her handlers by coming home with a baby she picked up on the street. She wants to keep the baby but has to find a husband to make adoption viable. Why not her new obstetrician Dr. McBain? She offers him help with his research on rabbits in exchange for marriage - and he accepts. The mismatched pair begin a marriage of convenience... Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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Taglines:

GAY, ROMANTIC COMEDY AT IT'S BREEZIEST, MERRIEST BEST! (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madame veut un bébé See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $5,000 grant awarded to Dr. McBain would be the same as nearly $73,000 in 2015. See more »

Goofs

After the date, when at home(at about 01:00:30), the glass and the bottle of milk exchange places in Fred MacMurray's hands when going to the baby's room from the kitchen. See more »

Quotes

Kenneth Hanline: I'd do anything for you. I'll write notes for you, I'll defraud managers for you, I'll steal babies for you. I'll do anything for you, but I won't marry you.
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Crazy Credits

The film's title appears on a billboard; and the opening credits are printed in a theatrical program. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Gilmore Girls: Go, Bulldogs! (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

I Find Love
Written by Jack King and Gordon Clifford
Sung by Marlene Dietrich (dubbed by Virginia Rees) (uncredited) and unidentified baritone
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Rockabye Baby
9 August 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Engaging comedy with Fred and Marlene well matched and looking glamorous and gorgeous. As was her usual state Marlene is gowned in one eye popping creation after another with some extraordinary hats. She's loaded with gossamer charm as an actress who longs for motherhood and is suddenly presented with answered prayers. Endearing in her befuddlement of the simplest basics of children, including finding out whether the baby she's taken under her wing is a boy or a girl!, she still comes across as a sincerely sweet and loving person. Fred is all gruff exterior at first but his innate joviality soon shows through. The picture takes an unnecessary detour into melodrama towards the end but snaps out of it for a proper ending. A cute and frothy film with Aline MacMahon contributing a fun performance as Marlene's right hand woman.


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