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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:

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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Was about to start filming with rising star Robert Williams in the role of Guy when Williams died from a sudden attack of appendicitis and peritonitis. Ben Lyon replaced him in the role. See more »

Goofs

After Venice and Guy's night out on the town, they say goodnight at the hotel's elevator. A shadow of the boom microphone drops onto the top of the elevator door. See more »

Quotes

Guy Bryson: Courage, my pet. Courage.
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Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Whistled by David Manners
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A solid little film with an unbelievable premise ...
24 October 2010 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

... that premise being that Constance Bennett as Venice Muir cannot attract a man at all. Constance isn't some plainly dressed and drably made-up wallflower that physically transforms, which is the plot you'd expect. From scene one she is the glamorous looking woman she usually plays, yet we are to believe that because she wants to discuss the books she's read that men would chew through wood to get out of being in the same room with her? With her looks and bearing she should reasonably expect to recite the dictionary and yet be followed by suitors - men simply aren't that deep.

David Manners proposes marriage to Venice when drunk, slinks away when sober, and leaves Venice wondering what she'll have to do to change her luck with men. Her solution - hire someone (Ben Lyon) to be her "boyfriend" and tell tales about her lack of virtue and her exciting nature that in turn should attract some actual suitors. These things never work out as planned - I'll let you watch and see what happens.


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