6.2/10
883
24 user 7 critic

Ladies of the Chorus (1948)

Approved | | Musical, Romance | 10 February 1949 (USA)
A chorus girl falls in love with a wealthy young man, but their relationship is jeopardized by her mother's fears about the reaction of his family.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

Harry Sauber (screenplay), Joseph Carole (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Love Nest (1951)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Two married New Yorkers purchase an old, run-down building full of colorful tenants.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: June Haver, William Lundigan, Frank Fay
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The nearly-final divorce of the Halsworths suddenly gets complicated when Miriam's old flame comes to town.

Director: Richard Sale
Stars: Claudette Colbert, Macdonald Carey, Zachary Scott
Bus Stop (1956)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A naive but stubborn cowboy falls in love with a saloon singer and tries to take her away against her will to get married and live on his ranch in Montana.

Director: Joshua Logan
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Don Murray, Arthur O'Connell
Comedy | Music | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In 1876 Colorado, the Tomahawk and Western Railroad is expanding through the Rockies, but some stagecoach operators, fearing a loss of revenue, plan to sabotage the railroad.

Director: Richard Sale
Stars: Dan Dailey, Anne Baxter, Rory Calhoun
Drama | Film-Noir | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Mae Doyle comes back to her hometown a cynical woman. Her brother Joe fears that his love, fish cannery worker Peggy, may wind up like Mae. Mae marries Jerry and has a baby; she is happy but restless, drawn to Jerry's friend Earl.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Robert Ryan, Paul Douglas
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

After failing to be re-elected, politician Blake Washburn returns home and becomes editor of the local newspaper. When he notices the influence the paper has on the public, he uses it to appeal to potential voters in the next election.

Director: Arthur Pierson
Stars: Jeffrey Lynn, Donald Crisp, Marjorie Reynolds
Certificate: Passed Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After being dumped by his girlfriend, an airline pilot pursues a babysitter in his hotel and gradually realizes she's dangerous.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Richard Widmark, Marilyn Monroe, Anne Bancroft
Love Happy (1949)
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Crime | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

The Marx Brothers help young Broadway hopefuls while thwarting diamond thieves.

Director: David Miller
Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In separate stories, five wedded couples learn that they are not legally married.

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Ginger Rogers, Marilyn Monroe, Victor Moore
The Fireball (1950)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Johnny runs away from Father O'Hara's orphanage and becomes a roller skating star with the help of Mary Reeves. He becomes involved with women, including Polly, who only love him because he... See full summary »

Director: Tay Garnett
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Pat O'Brien, Beverly Tyler
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An American showgirl becomes entangled in political intrigue when the Prince Regent of a foreign country attempts to seduce her.

Director: Laurence Olivier
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Laurence Olivier, Richard Wattis
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When billionaire Jean-Marc Clement learns that he is to be satirized in an off-Broadway revue, he passes himself off as an actor playing him in order to get closer to the beautiful star of the show, Amanda Dell.

Director: George Cukor
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Yves Montand, Tony Randall
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Adele Jergens ... Mae Martin
Marilyn Monroe ... Peggy Martin
Rand Brooks ... Randy Carroll
Nana Bryant ... Mrs. Adele Carroll
Eddie Garr Eddie Garr ... Billy Mackay
Steven Geray ... Salisbury
The Bobby True Trio The Bobby True Trio ... Trio Musicians
Edit

Storyline

Former burlesque star May and her daughter Peggy dance in the chorus. When May has a fight with featured dancer Bubbles, Bubbles leaves the show and Peggy takes her place. When Peggy falls in love with wealthy Randy, May fears class differences may lead to misery. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A FRONT-ROW VIEW OF THE BURLESQUE WORLD! See more »

Genres:

Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A kóristalányok See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Filmed in April-May 1948, but not released until December 1948 in San Francisco, and in February 1949 elsewhere. See more »

Quotes

Bubbles LaRue: I'm quitin', right now, this minute, see! This turkey can fold for all I care.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Biography: Marilyn Monroe: The Mortal Goddess (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

You're Never Too Old
(uncredited)
Written by Allan Roberts and Lester Lee
Performed by Nana Bryant, Eddie Garr, and The Bobby True Trio
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Lovely Young Marilyn Monroe in Her First Starring Film
22 June 2011 | by HarlowMGMSee all my reviews

LADIES OF THE CHORUS is a fairly rare "B" movie from 1948 of interest because it's Marilyn Monroe's very first starring film but beyond that it's a quite well-made little musical. Marilyn was a complete unknown at the time with only a little extra work and one credited bit part under her belt when she was cast in this movie and yet she's quite wonderful and a total pro.

Marilyn stars as Peggy, a very young burlesque chorus girl who works in the chorus alongside her fortyish mother Mae (Adele Jergens). When the obnoxious "star" of the show walks out, Peggy steps into her part and becomes a sensation, earning the interest of various back door johnnies, in particular wealthy heir Randy (Rand Brooks). Peggy and Randy fall in love and he proposes but Mae is wary that Peggy will never be accepted in his social circles from her own past experience with her own annulled marriage to a socially prominent young man decades ago. Mae makes Randy promise to tell his mother (Nana Bryant) that Peggy is a burlesque queen in advance of their visit to the family's Cleveland estate, which he fails to do.

Marilyn is just adorable in this film and sings two surprisingly good songs for a "B" movie, "Anyone Can See I Love You" and "Every Baby Needs a Da Da Daddy", the latter a sexy little number that foreshadows her classic "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" in sexiness and philosophy, right down to a reference to Tiffanys. Columbia's resident B queen of the era Adele Jergens is negated to a subordinate role as her mother, as still shapely middle-aged dancer who hides her gray hair under a blonde wig. Adele does very well at suggesting a slightly tired woman a decade or so older than her actual age and also gives a very good performance. (Adele was top billed in the original 1948 release but it appears only copies from the 1952 reissue exist where Marilyn was given that spot).

Rand Brooks (best known as Scarlett O'Hara's first husband in GONE WITH THE WIND) is quite pleasant as Marilyn's romantic suitor (they have a lovely scene together parked in a car that is an endearing ode to wholesome young love) and character actress Nana Bryant gives a pleasant performance as his mother, complete with a musical number of her own, the memorable "You're Never Too Old". Standing out in good comic unbilled bits are Gladys Blake as a gossipy sales girl and Dave Barry as a garbled-speaking decorator.

Running just a minute over an hour, the movie moves so quickly there's really no time for dull spots. This movie was reissued in 1952 by Columbia at the dawn of Marilyn's stardom but was virtually unseen for decades thereafter (likely because it was too short for most television movie programming slots); it reemerged in 1994 on video and a few years later had a handful of showings on cable television. Today your best bet in seeing it would probably be in buying a used copy of the out-of-print VHS tape or, if your DVD player can handle it, the region 2 DVD release from the United Kingdom in a Marilyn Monroe boxed set.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 24 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed