The Lady Is Willing (1942)

The Lady Is Willing





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Movie Info

A Broadway star (Marlene Dietrich) finds she must be married in order to adopt a baby, so she convinces a pediatrician (Fred MacMurray) to wed her in name only.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Romance, Classics, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: James Edward Grant
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 1, 1993
Columbia Pictures

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Critic Reviews for The Lady Is Willing

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A tedious mixture of crass melodrama and heavy-handed comedy.

Full Review… | August 9, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Full Review… | May 30, 2001
Senses of Cinema

Audience Reviews for The Lady Is Willing


Engaging comedy with Fred and Marlene well matched and looking glamorous. As is usual Marlene is gowned in one eye popping creation after another. The picture takes an unnecessary detour into melodrama towards the end but snaps out of it for the proper ending. A cute and frothy film with Aline MacMahon contributing a fun performance as Marlene's right hand woman.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Marlene Dietrich is the 'ditsy' actress who swipes (kidnaps) an abandoned infant only to discover that she can't keep the baby unless she's married. In walks a handsome pediatrician [Fred MacMurray] and soon a plan is conceived that involves a marriage of convenience and a few hundred white rabbits.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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