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The Lady Is Willing (1942)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 12 February 1942 (USA)
In order to adopt an abandoned baby, an actress arranges a marriage of convenience with a doctor.

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

James Edward Grant (story), James Edward Grant (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlene Dietrich ... Elizabeth 'Liza' Madden
Fred MacMurray ... Dr. Corey T. McBain
Aline MacMahon ... Buddy
Stanley Ridges ... Kenneth Hanline
Arline Judge ... Frances
Roger Clark ... Victor
Marietta Canty ... Mary Lou
David James David James ... Baby Corey
Ruth Ford ... Myrtle Glossamer
Harvey Stephens ... Dr. Golding
Harry Shannon ... Detective Sergeant Barnes
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Cummings
Charles Lane ... K.K. Miller
Murray Alper ... Joe Quig
Kitty Kelly ... Nellie Quig
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Storyline

Bold, eccentric Broadway performer Liza Madden befuddles her handlers by coming home with a baby she picked up on the street. She wants to keep the baby but has to find a husband to make adoption viable. Why not her new obstetrician Dr. McBain? She offers him help with his research on rabbits in exchange for marriage - and he accepts. The mismatched pair begin a marriage of convenience... Written by Gary Jackson <garyjack5@cogeco.ca>

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When she adopted a dimpled darling she had to find a dizzy daddy...to take for a ride on the wildest merry-go-round of laughter that ever made you roar your breath away! (original Herald) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Madame veut un bébé See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the shooting, Marlene Dietrich tripped while carrying child-actor David James. She twisted her body to save the baby from striking the floor, but severely injured her right ankle in a fall, and her entire right leg had to be placed in a cast. That's why in this film she is always shown in full-length outfits (gowns, slacks, etc.) and just one shot of her unclothed leg is seen, and that is in shadow. See more »

Goofs

After the date, when at home(at about 01:00:30), the glass and the bottle of milk exchange places in Fred MacMurray's hands when going to the baby's room from the kitchen. See more »

Quotes

Kenneth Hanline: I'd do anything for you. I'll write notes for you, I'll defraud managers for you, I'll steal babies for you. I'll do anything for you, but I won't marry you.
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Crazy Credits

The film's title appears on a billboard; and the opening credits are printed in a theatrical program. See more »

Connections

References Tobacco Road (1941) See more »

Soundtracks

I Find Love
Written by Jack King and Gordon Clifford
Sung by Marlene Dietrich (dubbed by Virginia Rees) (uncredited) and unidentified baritone
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A disappointing "comedy"...
15 October 2000 | by robertcicco3035See all my reviews

The Lady is Willing is a disappointing film. It stars Marlene Dietrich as an actress who finds an abandoned baby and decides to take him home. She soon discovers, however, that she can't adopt the baby because she's not married. So she enters into a marriage of convenience with baby doctor Fred MacMurray. Predictable complications then ensue, but this is a comedy without any big laughs. But, the stars are watchable and quite good, considering the material. Dietrich, surprisingly, had a flair for light comedy. All in all, a 4 out of 10.


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