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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:

SHE WENT FOR A WALK...AND CAME HOME WITH A BABY! (original poster - 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

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $25,000 demanded for the baby would equate to almost $364,000 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

References Hellzapoppin' (1941) 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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Silly yes, but...
1 October 2010 | by samhill5215See all my reviews

This is one of those escapist, nonsensical, utterly unrealistic and yes, downright silly movies from a time when the world was anxious. Europe was under Nazi occupation and the US was contemplating its own role in the conflict. Hollywood had become very good at giving Americans just this kind of comic relief. So why should anyone bother with it? Because despite all the silliness the four leads manage to pull it off with great aplomb. Marlene Dietrich is just as exotic and glamorous as she was in 'The Blue Angel' if not more so. She was forty and a show-stopper without compare. How could Fred MacMurray help himself but fall for her. His role here is an early version of his absent-minded professor. And the supporting leads, Aline MacMahon and Stanley Ridges, are equally good and fun to watch. So sit back and enjoy the show!


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