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Lady with a Past (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 19 February 1932 (USA)
A wealthy, proper society girl finds that she's much more popular with men when she pretends to be a "bad" girl.

Director:

Edward H. Griffith

Writers:

Harriet Henry (novel), Horace Jackson (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Constance Bennett ... Venice Muir
Ben Lyon ... Guy Bryson
David Manners ... Donnie Wainwright
Don Alvarado ... Carlos Santiagos
Albert Conti ... Rene
Merna Kennedy ... Ann Duryea
Astrid Allwyn ... Lola
Don Dillaway ... Jerry (as Donald Dillaway)
Blanche Friderici ... Nora (as Blanche Frederici)
John Roche ... Carl
Cornelius Keefe ... Spaulding
Nella Walker ... Aunt Emma
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Storyline

A wealthy, proper society girl finds that she's much more popular with men when she pretends to be a "bad" girl.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

19 February 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Reputation See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$541,075 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Pathé Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

David Manners was borrowed from First National for this film, and Ben Lyon was borrowed from Warner Bros. (before the merger of these two studios). See more »

Goofs

In Venice's hotel room, Guy pours Donnie a second cocktail. Donnie is holding the glass in his left hand, but in the next shot it is in his right hand. See more »

Quotes

Guy Bryson: I spent an hour at the Ritz bar after I left you. Oh, lady, lady, when I left there, a lot of the fellas said that you were simply wonderful! You had everything! Even a very, eh, a very slight past.
Venice Muir: Past?
Guy Bryson: Oh, nothing you could put your finger on. But, a lot of the boys will try.
Venice Muir: Oh, I'll die. I couldn't live up to the past of a midget!
Guy Bryson: You don't know midgets. Now, I heard of a midget that broke up the home of a heavy weight champ.
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Soundtracks

You're Driving Me Crazy
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Walter Donaldson
Played as dance music at Lola's partry
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Gorgeous Constance Bennett, Breezy Ben Lyon
4 July 2008 | by drednmSee all my reviews

What a surprising delight this film is. Constance Bennett plays a rich wallflower who just can't get the guys in her set interested. She's also has a crush on boozy and shallow David Manners. One night when he is drunk he asks her to marry him and meet him on a boat to Europe the next morning. Of course he sobers up, and she ends up going alone.

In Paris Bennett meets a charming and broke guy (Ben Lyon)whom she hires as her "gigolo" so that he can show her around and meet people. Lyon hits on the idea of making up stories about her "past" so that men will be interested. They get along great and their plan is wildly successful until a surprising event occurs.

Bennett is quite good underplaying her sympathetic role. Lyon is terrific as the cynical but honest guy. Manners is also good as the callous boozer. Cast also includes Nella Walker, Albert Conti, Astrid Allwyn, Don Alvarado, Blanche Frederici, Bruce Cabot, and Merna Kennedy.

The ending is quite a surprise.


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