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Tarnished Lady (1931)

| Drama | 2 May 1931 (USA)
Tarnished Lady is a 1931 Pre-Code American drama film directed by George Cukor. The screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart is based on his short story, A Story of a New York Lady.

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George Cukor

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Donald Ogden Stewart (screenplay), Donald Ogden Stewart (story "New York Lady")
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Cast overview:
Tallulah Bankhead ... Nancy Courtney
Clive Brook ... Norman Cravath
Phoebe Foster ... Germaine Prentiss
Alexander Kirkland ... DeWitt Taylor
Elizabeth Patterson ... Mrs. Courtney
Osgood Perkins ... Ben Sterner
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Tarnished Lady is a 1931 Pre-Code American drama film directed by George Cukor. The screenplay by Donald Ogden Stewart is based on his short story, A Story of a New York Lady.

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USA

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2 May 1931 (USA) See more »

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Casamento Singular See more »

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Mono

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1.20 : 1
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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. See more »

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Referenced in Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies (2008) See more »

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Miss Bankhead Is Histrionic
14 May 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Tallulah Bankhead loves writer Alexander Kirkland, but she and her mother, Elizabeth Patterson, are living on the edge; not that it stops them from living in a nice apartment or buying the latest fashions. It means they are waiting until Miss Patterson's sister dies and leaves them a lot of money. At her mother's insistence, Miss Bankhead marries Clive Brook, one of those masterful, self-made stuffed shirts. She's miserable, of course, and when her aunt dies, leaving most of her money to charity, but a competence to Miss Patterson, Miss Bankhead leaves her husband, only to find that Kirkland has already found consolation in the arms of another. It also happens to be the day the market crashed, leaving Brook dependent on his friends. Miss Bankhead decides to make her own way, because lower-class people can do it, and therefore she should have no trouble, while Mr. Brook is also too angry to seek her out.

It's one of those weepers that raise my hackle, and it offers a well-deserved sneer at its upper-class subjects; only Osgood Perkins comes off as a good guy. Miss Bankhead is too large for the movie screen, and Mr. Brook matches her, mostly by his studied immobility. I have no doubt that director George Cukor looked on it as an opportunity, but his unmanageable star defeats him and writer Donald Ogden Stewart.


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