Lady Be Good (1941)





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The 1924 George Gershwin stage hit Lady Be Good was brought to the screen by MGM; any resemblance (beyond the Gershwin score) to the original play is purely accidental. The MGM scriveners came up with a new story concerning married songwriters Ann Sothern and Robert Young, who can't live with each other and can't live without each other. Top billing goes to dancing star Eleanor Powell, who certainly deserves it. Red Skelton is around and about as well, inserting a few much-needed laughs. While such Gershwin songs as "So Am I", "Fascinating Rhythm" and "Hang on Me" are well showcased, the hit of the evening is a new song by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, the Oscar-winning "The Last Time I Saw Paris". Our favorite scene: Ann Sothern and Robert Young composing "Lady be Good" out of thin air in two minutes flat!
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Robert Young
as Edward Crane
Ann Sothern
as Dixie Donegan Crane
Eleanor Powell
as Marilyn Marsh
John Carroll
as Buddy Crawford
Lionel Barrymore
as Judge Murdock
Red Skelton
as Joe `Red' Willet
Tom Conway
as Mr. Blanton
Dan Dailey
as Bill Pattison
Reginald Owen
as Max Milton
Rose Hobart
as Mrs. Carter Wardley
Warren Berry
as Berry Brother
Nyas Berry
as Berry Brother
James Berry
as Berry Brother
Doris Day
as Debutante
Edward Gargan
as Policeman
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Audience Reviews for Lady Be Good

Snappy MGM musical uses the title song from the famous Gershwin Broadway musical and little else except "Fascinating Rhythm," which becomes a monstrous Busby Berkeley-directed production number for Eleanor Powell; Ann Sothern sings the Oscar-winning Kern-Hammerstein song "The Last Time I Saw Paris."

Michael Troudt
Michael Troudt

Charming, fluffy musical with good music and sprightly performances. That Eleanor Powell sure could dance.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

This film is better than many people say. The dancing alone is reason enough to own it. There are many phenomenal performances in this film, and people who criticize the acting or the story are IMHO completely missing the point. Dance, dance, dance, dance, dance! Eleanor Powell has a famous big Busby Berkley number in this one, but less famous is her brilliant dance with a dog (she trained the dog herself!), and that's nothing compared to the three Berry brothers who have a couple of numbers that are impossible to describe and almost impossible to believe. Holy COW! That's some dancin', I am telling you! This movie obviously exists to showcase the dancers, and you know what? There's some darn good singing it it, too. There are some really great songs in this film, and the title song is only one of them. Robert Young plays the male half of a husband/wife songwriting team who are successful at the songwriting but who are failures at the marriage part. Young as usual is adorable, but his character is clearly a jerk. Ann Sothern plays the wife. Red Skelton plays an amusing sidekick pal. Eleanor Powell plays a gal-pal. Look, you either like this sort of thing, or you don't. This particular film isn't in all ways perfect, but it has many incredible, sensational performances in it and it deserves to be dusted off and enjoyed.

Laura Goodwin
Laura Goodwin

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