Lady with Red Hair

1940

Lady with Red Hair

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The notoriously temperamental Miriam Hopkins is ideally cast as equally contentious theatrical prima donna Mrs. Leslie Carter in The Lady With Red Hair. As rapidly paced as any Warner Bros. gangster picture, the film charts Caroline Carter's rise to fame on Broadway through the auspices of impresario David Belasco (Claude Rains). The screenwriters take great pains to cast Carter in a sympathetic light, suggesting that she turned to the lucrative world of the theater to regain custody of her son (Johnnie Russell), won by her husband in their acrimonious 1889 divorce settlement. Though at first she meets with nothing but failure, our heroine perseveres, and by 1904 she is the idol of millions throughout the world. Along the way, she marries visionary producer Lou Payne (Richard Ainley), but by film's end she is reunited with her mentor Belasco. A young Cornel Wilde makes his screen debut as an aspiring actor in a boarding-house sequence.

Cast

Miriam Hopkins
as Mrs. Leslie Carter
Claude Rains
as David Belasco
Laura Hope Crewes
as Mrs. Dudley
Richard Ainley
as Lou Payne
John Litel
as Charles Bryant
Helen Westley
as Mrs. Frazier
Mona Barrie
as Mrs. Brooks
Victor Jory
as George Clifton
Fritz Leiber
as Mr. Foster
Cecil Kellaway
as Mr. Chapman
Florence Shirley
as Daisy Dawn
Johnny Russell
as Dudley Carter
Selmar Jackson
as Henry De Mille
John Russell
as Dudley Carter
Selmer Jackson
as Henry De Mille
William B. Davidson
as Stock Company Manager
Doris Lloyd
as Teacher
Alexis Smith
as Girl at Wedding
William Hopper
as Theater Attendant
Creighton Hale
as Eddie the Reporter
Maurice Cass
as Scenic artist
Huntly Gordon
as Actor Playing John
Cyril Ring
as Playwright
Huntley Gordon
as Actor Playing John
Maris Wrixon
as Miss Annie Ellis
Cornel Wilde
as Mr. Williams
Helene Millard
as Mrs. Ballard
Paul Stanton
as Mr. Winter
John Hamilton
as Mr. Graham
Frank Wilcox
as Mr. Lynn
Virginia Brissac
as Mrs. Humbert
John Ridgely
as Actor Playing Paul
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