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To Please a Lady (1950)

To Please a Lady (1950)





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Arrogant Mike Brannan (Clark Gable) is a famous driver of midget race cars and is the type of man crowds love to hate. He earned his bad-boy image after he is blamed for causing a fatal crash during a race. Wanting to see if all the hoopla is true, tough columnist Regina Forbes (Barbara Stanwyck) tries to interview her, but Mike refuses. Later she watches as he is involved in another deadly crash. Believing he deliberately caused the accident, she rakes him over the coals in her column and this leads to his disbarment from the racing circuit. In order to make ends meet, the disgraced Mike begins driving in a stunt show. Eventually, he earns enough money to allow him to buy a full-sized race car. The film's exciting finale was shot at the Indianapolis Speedway.
Action & Adventure , Drama , Romance
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Clark Gable
as Mike Brannan
Barbara Stanwyck
as Regina Forbes
Will Geer
as Jack Mackay
Roland Winters
as Dwight Barrington
William C. McGaw
as Joie Chitwood
William C. McGraw
as Joie Chitwood
Lela Bliss
as Regina's Secretary
Emory Parnell
as Mr. Wendall
Frank Jenks
as Newark Press Agent
Bill Hickman
as Mike's Mechanic
Lew Smith
as Mike's Mechanic
Ted Husing
as Indianapolis Announcer
Bill Welsh
as Sports Announcer
John McGuire
as Newark Referee
Lee Phelps
as Steward
Henry Banks
as Ad Lib Driver
Johnnie Parsons
as Ad Lib Driver
Johnny Tolan
as Ad Lib Driver
Al Hill
as Steward
Raymond H. Brown
as Newark Announcer
Joe Garson
as Joe Youghal
Richard W. Joy
as TV Voice
John Gallaudet
as IMRA Promoter
Hal K. Dawson
as IMRA Manager
William Newell
as Hank Harmon
Byron Foulger
as Shoe Fitter
Arthur M. Loew Jr.
as Studio Production Man
Marilyn Rich
as Trapeze Girl
Frank Hyers
as Taxi Driver
Tom Hanlon
as Greengrove Race Announcer
Richard Simmons
as Regina's Radio Show Announcer
Carlotta Monti
as Latin Woman
Ernest Ohman
as Harvard Student
Jean Ransome
as Regina's Maid
Anne O'Neal
as Nurse
Jerry Hausner
as Race Spotter
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Critic Reviews for To Please a Lady

All Critics (1)

It's not worth much as melodrama, but the action sequences are highly entertaining.

Full Review… | May 26, 2009
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Audience Reviews for To Please a Lady

This movie has it's moments, but overall it's just another predictable love story with a bit of race car driving to make it exciting.

Aj V
Aj V

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To Please a Lady (1950) Probably best known as the second movie where Gable slaps Stanwyck. This time, it wasn't as well received as their first movie. Clark Gable plays old fashioned Indy racer, Mike Brannan who's involved in a fatal accident and kicked out of professional racing. Barbara Stanwyck plays Regina Forbes, a columnist who was instrumental in drumming Mike out of the business. Mike must make do with what he's got. He goes underground and races under an alias, but soon Regina finds him and the sparks begin to fly. Stanwyck is beginning to play her older woman roles, where she a hard as nails business woman with a soft heart. Gable is just being Gable. This is actually kind of a cool movie for classic racing fans. You get to see the some great open-wheeled midget race scenes including the legendary Mauri Rose driving his Novi and Joey Chitwood's famous stunt car show. But, other than that, it's just your standard faire. It's worth a watch though.

Rick Rudge
Rick Rudge

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