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Lady Behave! (1937)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 22 December 1937 (USA)
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... See full summary »

Director:

Lloyd Corrigan

Writers:

Joseph Krumgold (screenplay), Olive Cooper (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sally Eilers ... Paula Kendall
Neil Hamilton ... Stephen Cormack
Joseph Schildkraut ... Michael Andrews
Grant Mitchell ... Burton Williams
Patricia Farr ... Clarice Kendall Andrews Cormack
Marcia Mae Jones ... Patricia Cormack
George Ernest ... Hank Cormack
Warren Hymer ... Butch
Robert Greig ... Alfred
Charles Richman ... Howell
Spencer Charters ... Innkeeper
Mary Gordon ... Cook
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Storyline

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 David Bassler

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His motto, LIVE, LOVE AND LEARN! Hers, LIVE, LOVE AND SPURN! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 December 1937 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Runtime:

| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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[first lines]
[Clarice's friend honks his car horn]
Clarice's Date: We'll be right out! Hurry, Clarice, the horses are frothing!
Clarice Kendall Andrews Cormack: Snap it up, Paula!
Paula Kendall: Hold still, baby.
Clarice Kendall Andrews Cormack: Well, we're going to be late.
[to her date, referring to Paula]
Clarice Kendall Andrews Cormack: She never goes to Mardi Gras.
Paula Kendall: [to Clarice's date] She squirts seltzer bottles. Watch it.
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Cute story performed by great cast
23 May 2019 | by morrisonhimselfSee all my reviews

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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