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It's bad enough that Clarice Kendall Andrews, Paula's irresponsible sister, comes home from celebrating Mardi Gras and drunkenly mentions that she got married during the festivities. What's worse is the fact that Paula knows that Clarice is still married to an equally irresponsible gigolo. Paula learns that the man Clarice married, Stephen Cormack, has skipped the country and his lawyer, thinking that Paula is Clarice, offers the older woman $5000 to annul the marriage. Paula's lawyer convinces her to pretend she's Cormack's husband until he can get Clarice's marriage annulled. Paula moves into Cormack's house and discovers he has two teen-aged children who consider her a gold-digger after their father's fortune. Meanwhile, Clarice's husband refuses to have their marriage annulled and tries to blackmail Paula into giving him to $10,000 for his silence.Written by
The original script had to be adjusted when PCA Director Joseph Breen questioned the advisability of "dealing with so serious a subject as a bigamous marriage, where the treatment is set for comedy." After a few changes, Breen did approve the film. See more »
Joseph Schildkraut made a career playing villains, including the most villainous of villains, Judas, betrayer of Christ.
In "Lady Behave!" he is a flamboyantly likable bad guy, giving one of his most charming and enjoyable performances.
Sally Eilers is the nominal star, and usually she is adorable and lovely. Here, though, there is something lacking. She looks more frazzled than the role calls for, and in her earliest scenes she is not quite believable.
On the other hand, her "sister," played by a mostly unknown (these days) Patricia Farr, is not only adorable but believable as the under-the-influence madcap.
Neil Hamilton, who had a long career, was another smooth and very good-looking leading man, and his performance here helps explain just why he was in demand from silent days through TV series.
As his two children, Marcia Mae Jones and George Ernst were simply outstanding, carrying off the not-entirely-believable roles with charm and energy.
There seem to be some holes in the script, and not all the attitude changes are well explained, but, so what? It's fun.
There is a fair print at YouTube and I do recommend "Lady Behave!" for an enjoyable hour.
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