Lady for a Night

Lady for a Night

Joan Blondell
Director: Leigh Jason Cast: Joan Blondell
Joan Blondell
, John Wayne
John Wayne
, Philip Merivale
Philip Merivale
Leigh Jason

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The unlikely combination of John Wayne and Joan Blondell adds a bit of vinegar and spice to the so-so costume drama Lady for a Night. Blondell is cast as Jenny Blake, owner of the Memphis Belle-not a WW2 bomber, but a gambling ship moored just outside New Orleans. Jenny's partner and erstwhile suitor is local political boss Jack Morgan (Wayne). She loves Morgan, but decides to marry for money and prestige, and to that end weds "black sheep" socialite Alan Alderson (Ray Middleton). Her new in-laws are infuriated by this marriage of convenience, and do everything they can to ruin Jenny in the eyes of society. When Alderson dies suddenly, his vengeful mother Julia (Blanche Yurka) accuses Jenny of poisoning her husband. Throughout the subsequent trial and scandal, Morgan stands loyally by Jenny's side, convincing her at long last that he's been the "right man" for her all along. Hattie Noel, who two years earlier lost the role of Mammy in Gone with the Wind to Hattie McDaniel, essays a neat Mammy-like characterization as Jenny's all-knowing maidservant.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/26/2013
UPC: 0887090054706
Original Release: 1941
Rating: NR
Source: Olive Films
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:27:00
Sales rank: 22,281

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Joan Blondell Jenny Blake
John Wayne Jack Morgan
Philip Merivale Stephen Alderson
Ray Middleton Alan Alderson
Blanche Yurka Julia Alderson
Edith Barrett Katherine Alderson
Leonid Kinskey Boris
Hattie Noel Chloe
Montagu Love Judge
Carmel Myers Mayor's wife
Dorothy Burgess Flo
Guy Usher Governor
Ivan Miller Mayor
Patricia Knox Mabel
Lew Payton Napoleon
Marilyn Hare Mary Lou
Gertrude Astor Woman
Dudley Dickerson Actor
Jack George Orchestra Leader
Dolores Gray Dolores
Hall Johnson Choir Actor
Betty Hill Governor's Daughter
Dewey Robinson Horse Dealer
Minerva Urecal Spinster
Pierre Watkin Prosecutor
Paul White Black Specialty Dancer
Margaret Armstrong Governor's Wife
Henry Thomas Actor

Technical Credits
Leigh Jason Director
Norbert F. Brodin Cinematographer
David Buttolph Score Composer
Albert J. Cohen Associate Producer
Isabel Dawn Screenwriter
Boyce de Gaw Screenwriter
Cy Feuer Musical Direction/Supervision
Garrett Elsden Fort Original Story
John Victor Mackay Art Director
Ernest Nims Editor
Murray Seldeen Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Lady for a Night
1. Chapter I [12:10]
2. Chapter II [10:08]
3. Chapter III [12:12]
4. Chapter IV [16:29]
5. Chapter V [14:55]
6. Chapter VI [7:40]
7. Chapter VII [3:42]
8. Chapter VIII [10:25]

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