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When Ladies Meet (1933)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 23 June 1933 (USA)
Mary, a writer working on a novel about a love triangle, is attracted to her publisher. Her suitor Jimmy is determined to break them up; he introduces Mary to the publisher's wife without ... See full summary »


Harry Beaumont, Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited)


John Meehan (screen play), Leon Gordon (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ... Clare Woodruf
Robert Montgomery ... Jimmie Lee
Myrna Loy ... Mary Howard
Alice Brady ... Bridget Drake
Frank Morgan ... Rogers Woodruf
Martin Burton ... Walter Manners
Luis Alberni ... Pierre - the Servant


Mary, a writer working on a novel about a love triangle, is attracted to her publisher. Her suitor Jimmy is determined to break them up; he introduces Mary to the publisher's wife without telling Mary who she is. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Comedy | Romance


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English | French

Release Date:

23 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Truth Is Stranger See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Remade in 1941 with Joan Crawford as Mary, Greer Garson as Claire, and Robert Taylor as Jimmy. Interestingly, Spring Byington, who created the role of Bridget Drake in the original Broadway production, did not appear in this initial film version but went on to reclaim the role in 1941, by which time she had arrived in Hollywood. See more »


In the garden at Bridget's home, Mary is next to a small statuette that holds a wreath and stands on a simple pedestal. In the next scene, the statuette's relationship to Mary has changed, the wreath is missing, and the pedestal more complex. In the third scene, the statuette has reverted to that in the first scene. See more »


Bridget Drake: You know, you can't get men to come out to the country and stay there. Of course, I could fill the house full of women, easily. But, oh my goodness, I'm so sick of females!
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Version of When Ladies Meet (1941) See more »


Love, You Funny Thing
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Fred E. Ahlert
Played on the piano by Martin Burton
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There's something about Ann Harding.....
5 May 2010 | by kidbootsSee all my reviews

.....that you can't help but like. Whether it's her unusual beauty, her sensuous speaking voice, her obvious intelligence - all together she has enormous appeal. She was extremely popular in the early thirties before fans tired of her "stiff upper lip" portrayals and they found favourites with more down to earth appeal. Her best known film is probably "The Animal Kingdom" and the cinema rivalry in that film between Harding and Myrna Loy was such a hit that they were paired again in "When Ladies Meet", a scintillating comedy adapted from Rachel Crothers play.

Mary Howard (Myrna Loy) is a best selling author who is seeing a lot of her publisher, Rogers Woodruf - for business purposes!!! Her dizzy friend Bridgit (Alice Brady) tells her she should "go for it" after all his wife is an "awful dub"!! "He's a married man" - "I know, the best ones always are"!! Unbeknownst to everyone they are having a very secret affair. Her new book is very close to her heart - it is about a woman, having an affair with a married man, who wants to confront his wife and have a heart to heart talk - her lover is against it, much the same as her real life situation.

Meanwhile, Jimmie Lee (an annoying Robert Montgomery), who spends a lot of his free time proposing to Mary, who rejects him just as frequently, starts spending time with Claire (Ann Harding), Roger Woodruf's wife, who is more darling than dub!!! Knowing that Mary is staying at Bridgit's for the weekend, he "accidentally on purpose" brings Claire for a visit. Even though their friendship is platonic, for a gag, Jimmie suggests they give the impression that they are... .... to make Mary jealous -"I'm dust under her feet - not the cream in her coffee"!!! Claire throws herself into her role with great gusto - "Jimmy-Jimmy, did I leave my handkerchief with you, when we were waiting to be alone!!!"

The film only picks up when Ann Harding appears - even though she didn't appear until almost half an hour into the film. MGM was just starting to realise what they had in Myrna Loy. Even though she is the second billed actress - she is the main character. But Ann Harding was a real delight, I agree with some of the other reviewers, she steals the movie with her elegance and sophistication, the scenes between her and Myrna Loy are riveting to watch. The first half hour was pretty "talkie" without much being said. Robert Montgomery, who has never been a favourite of mine, played his usual type, shallow playboy who never seems to have employment (he is supposed to be a reporter and he occasionally mentions deadlines, but never meets them)!!!! Frank Morgan plays Rogers Woodruf, the publisher both women seem to be crazy about. But apart from Alice Brady as balmy Bridgit, together Ann Harding and Myrna Loy wipe everyone else off the screen. The conversations they have "When Ladies Meet" make for essential viewing.

Highly Recommended.

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