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The Misleading Lady (1932)

Helen makes a bet to seduce a man within 3 days in order to get a lead role in a play.

Director:

Stuart Walker

Writers:

Paul Dickey (play), Caroline Francke (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Claudette Colbert ... Helen Steele
Edmund Lowe ... Jack Craigen
Stuart Erwin ... Boney
Robert Strange ... Sydney Parker
George Meeker ... Bob Tracy
Selena Royle ... Alice Connell
Curtis Cooksey ... Bill Connell
William Gargan ... Fitzpatrick
Nina Walker Nina Walker ... Jane Weatherby
Edgar Nelson ... Steve
Fred Stewart ... Babe Merrill
Harry Ellerbe ... Spider Sandwahl
Will Geer ... McMahon - Asylum Guard
Donald MacBride ... Bill - Asylum Guard
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Storyline

Tired of her social set and their trivial activities and tedious gossip about society divorces and award-winning race horses, Helen yearns for something meaningful in her life. However, Helen doesn't intend to bring forth this new purpose by caring for the sick and starving masses in India, or helping out charities and orphanages. Instead, she decides that the key to her spiritual uplift is to become an actress; so, she vies for the title role in a scandalous new play entitled The Siren.

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He had to turn caveman to tame a good girl who needed a bad slapping. (Print Ad- The Telegraph, ((Brisbane, Qld.)) 30 June 1932)

Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sensation See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Helen Steele: I want a part in your new play more than anything in the world.
Sydney Parker: Why you've got everything you need. Why should you want to go on the stage?
Helen Steele: I'm bored. I want to do something worthwhile.
Sydney Parker: Well, I'd like to help you but what can I do?
Helen Steele: You haven't decided on anyone for the lead in The Siren...
Sydney Parker: You could no more play the Siren than I could.
Sydney Parker: Oh, now why would it be so impossible?
Sydney Parker: Well, for one thing, you're not a star. Now if your name were on the front page...
Helen Steele: You mean if I murdered my aunt?
Sydney Parker: That's ...
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Strange, kinky - and minor - film
22 April 2018 | by gridoon2019See all my reviews

A predictable love story is enlivened by a dose of pre-code S&M (even light bondage!), and a sexy Claudette Colbert. But the movie suffers from too much "Napoleon" - a bizarre comic relief character who, in the second half, actually gets more screen time than Colbert! That's just not right. ** out of 4.


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