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Vivacious Lady (1938)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 7 August 1938 (Finland)
A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the consternation of his family and friends back home.

Director:

George Stevens

Writers:

P.J. Wolfson (screen play), Ernest Pagano (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... Francey Morgan
James Stewart ... Peter Morgan, Jr.
James Ellison ... Keith Morgan
Beulah Bondi ... Martha Morgan
Charles Coburn ... Peter Morgan, Sr.
Frances Mercer ... Helen
Phyllis Kennedy ... Jenny
Franklin Pangborn ... Apartment Manager
Grady Sutton ... Culpepper - Teaching Assistant
Jack Carson ... Charlie - Waiter Captain
Alec Craig ... Joseph - Chauffeur
Willie Best ... Train Porter
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Storyline

On a quick trip to the city, young university professor Peter Morgan falls in love with nightclub performer Francey Brent and marries her after a whirlwind romance. But when he goes back home, he can't bring himself to tell his conservative, ultra-respected family about it. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 August 1938 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Vivacious Lady See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$703,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"The Screen Guild Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 7, 1940 with James Stewart and Charles Coburn reprising their film roles. See more »

Quotes

Francey: I think she's wonderful.
Keith Morgan: She is. She was my favorite aunt before she married my uncle.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are listed on the glass panels of a revolving hat display. See more »

Connections

Featured in George Stevens: A Filmmaker's Journey (1984) See more »

Soundtracks

Down By the Old Mill Stream
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Written by Tell Taylor
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A Wonderful Gem...needs to be on DVD!
1 January 2008 | by quidplyrhpSee all my reviews

On a rare showing on TCM, I fell in love with this movie! A wonderful pairing of the fiery Rogers and a timid Stewart, made the chemistry between the two believable.

On a trip to the city, Stewart meets, falls for, and marries Rogers only later realizing his staunch and rigid father would never approve. Taking her back to his small town, Stewart places her in a home for unmarried girls, until he can break the news to his father that he married a showgirl.

I loved the setting of this movie, and being in black and white only enhanced the scenes. If you liked "The Philadelphia Story" you'll love this! A classic boy-meets-girl, story with delightful humor and a believable romance...


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