Ladies Must Live


58m 1940

Brief Synopsis

A country bumpkin tries to save his millionaire pal from a gold-digging singer.

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Adaptation
Release Date
Jul 27, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Hometowners by George M. Cohan (New York, 23 Aug 1926).

Technical Specs

Duration
58m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

Corey Lake, a millionaire farmer living in upstate New York, meets nightclub singer Pat Halliday when her car gets stuck along a country road near his farm. Smitten with the singer, Corey, accompanied by his Indian valet, Chief Thunderbird, goes to New York, where he dons a dress suit and frequents the nightclubs. Pat is astonished when Corey appears at the club where she is performing, but she soon takes an interest in him when she learns that he is rich. Later, Corey offers Pat's brother George a lucrative job and advances her father Paul $200,000 to manufacture a can opener that he has patented. Pat and Corey become engaged, but when Corey's friend, Peter Larrabee, arrives from the Midwest for the wedding, he misunderstands the situation and accuses Pat and her family of being gold diggers. When Pete insults the Halliday family, Corey slaps him. Pete's wife Mary, however, believes that Pat truly loves Corey, and attempts to straighten her husband out by threatening him with divorce unless he takes back his accusations. The Hallidays, meanwhile, are disgraced by the whole affair and turn their backs on Corey. They also demand that Corey choose between Pat and Pete. Corey returns his engagement gift to Pat, an expensive necklace, but when George opens the case, he finds it empty. After calling together all the possible suspects in the crime, Corey admits that he removed the necklace himself in order to bring everyone in and force an end to the dispute. Amends are quickly made, as Chief Thunderbird's peace pipe is passed around, and the wedding plans are resumed with Pete reinstated as the best man.

Film Details

Genre
Drama
Adaptation
Release Date
Jul 27, 1940
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Hometowners by George M. Cohan (New York, 23 Aug 1926).

Technical Specs

Duration
58m
Sound
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6 reels

Quotes

Trivia

The play originally opened in New York on 23 August 1926 and had 64 performances. In the cast were 'Robert McWade' , Chester Morris and Georgia Caine.

Notes

In addition to this film, Warner Bros. produced two other films based on Cohan's play: the 1928 film The Home Towners, directed by Addison Burkhart and starring Richard Bennett and Doris Kenyon (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.2562); and the 1936 film Times Square Playboy, directed by William McGann and starring Gene and Kathleen Lockhart (see below).