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Vivacious Lady (1938)

Vivacious Lady




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When a retiring botany professor, Peter Morgan (James Stewart), makes a trip to New York City, he meets, falls in love with, and marries nightclub singer Francey Brent (Ginger Rogers). Returning to his hometown, Peter must now break the news of his marriage to his fierce father (Charles Coburn), his high-strung mother (Beulah Bondi), and his fiancee (Frances Mercer).more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: P. J. Wolfson, P.J. Wolfson, Ernest Pagano
In Theaters:
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.


Ginger Rogers
as Francey Brent
James Stewart
as Peter Morgan
James Ellison
as Keith Beston
Charles Coburn
as Dr. Morgan
Beulah Bondi
as Mrs. Morgan
Franklin Pangborn
as Apartment Manager
Grady Sutton
as Culpepper
Alec Craig
as Joseph the Chauffeur
Jack Carson
as Waiter Captain
Dorothy Moore
as Hat Check Girl
Maurice Black
as Headwaiter
Frank M. Thomas
as Train Conductor
Spencer Charters
as Husband on Train
Maude Eburne
as Wife on Train
Jane Eberling
as Girl on Bus
Ray Mayer
as Man on Train
George Chandler
as Man on Train
Bobby Barber
as Italian
June Johnson
as Miss Barton
Marvin Jones Darrin ...
as Young Man on Bus
Ed Mortimer
as Publisher
Lloyd Ingraham
as Noble the Professor
Tom Quinn
as Maitre d'
Kay Sutton
as Woman Exiting Train
Helena Grant
as Mrs. Wickett
Katharine Ellis
as uncredited
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Critic Reviews for Vivacious Lady

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

Vivacious Lady is entertainment of the highest order and broadest appeal.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
Top Critic

Rogers is the accomplished centrepiece of the film, slightly atypical as the soft-focus romantic heroine, but with welcome eruptions of her tough and shrewd persona throughout.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Vintage George Stevens comedy, dating from the brief period in which his deliberate style was a deepening virtue, stopping short of the ossification that cursed his later work.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

A charming, fast-moving comedy.

Full Review… | November 13, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Lighthearted screwball comedy that serves its two stars, Ginger Rogers and James Stewart, very well.

Full Review… | March 13, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Vivacious Lady

I have troubles rating old movies very highly. I guess it is a product of their times, but the stories are quite simplistic. All the fuss because the younger Morgan can't come out and tell his parents that he is married.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer


rarely seen screwball comedy and the only screen pairing of rogers and stewart who were dating at the time. after a whirlwind romance, botany professor stewart tries to introduce his new bride, nightclub singer rogers, to the stuffy academic crowd, especially his father, university president charles coburn. many fun scenes and great chemistry among the cast. u just can't go wrong with drunk jimmy stewart

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Really liked this movie. Ginger Rogers keeps moving up as one of my favorite classic actresses, just so beautiful and sexy. And she's a great comedic actress, again in top form with Vivacious Lady. Stewart, another favorite of mine, does very good work as well. This movie should be seen more, I think it just falls short of the upper tier of Stewart and Rogers' careers, but it is still pretty great. For being a movie of its time, it's pretty funny that half of the movie is spent with them either talking or looking how and where they can get laid. It's what they can't say because of the times that makes it work so well, I think.

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