Eadie Was a Lady (1945)

67 mins | Comedy | 23 January 1945

Director:

Arthur Dreifuss

Producer:

Michel Kraike

Cinematographer:

Burnett Guffey

Editor:

James Sweeney

Production Designers:

Carl Anderson, Perry Smith

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Sadie Was a Lady . A pre-production HR news item noted that Alfred E. Green was initially slated to direct the picture. Although a HR production chart placed Marilyn Johnson in the cast, her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. This was Michel Kraike's first production for Columbia after leaving Paramount. Modern sources credit Jack Cole with ... More Less

The working title of this film was Sadie Was a Lady . A pre-production HR news item noted that Alfred E. Green was initially slated to direct the picture. Although a HR production chart placed Marilyn Johnson in the cast, her appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. This was Michel Kraike's first production for Columbia after leaving Paramount. Modern sources credit Jack Cole with choreography. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
10 Feb 1945.
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Daily Variety
3 Apr 45
p. 3.
Film Daily
5 Feb 45
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Aug 44
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Sep 44
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Apr 45
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
2 Dec 44
p. 2203.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
3 Feb 45
p. 2298.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
Orig story and scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
Re-rec and eff mixer
Mus mixer
PRODUCTION MISC
Research director
SOURCES
SONGS
"Eadie Was a Lady," words by B. G. DeSylva, music by Nacio Herb Brown and Richard A. Whiting
"She's A Gypsy from Brooklyn," words by L. Wolfe Gilbert, music by Ben Oakland
"Tabby the Cat," words and music by Harold Dickinson and Howard Gibeling
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SONGS
"Eadie Was a Lady," words by B. G. DeSylva, music by Nacio Herb Brown and Richard A. Whiting
"She's A Gypsy from Brooklyn," words by L. Wolfe Gilbert, music by Ben Oakland
"Tabby the Cat," words and music by Harold Dickinson and Howard Gibeling
"You Came Along" and "Eadie's Back Again," words by Sammy Cahn, music by Saul Chaplin
"I'm Gonna See My Baby (on Victory Day)," words and music by Phil Moore.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Sadie Was a Lady
Release Date:
23 January 1945
Production Date:
11 September--7 October 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
23 January 1945
Copyright Number:
LP13149
Duration(in mins):
67
Length(in feet):
6,076
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10568
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Eadie Allen, a newcomer in the chorus line at a seedy burlesque house, is singled out by the show's producer, Tommy Foley, for a larger role. As Tommy hands Eadie her script for the new part, he asks her why she has been so secretive about her life. Unknown to her burlesque colleagues, Eadie lives in a palatial estate in a fashionable district of Boston with her spinster aunt Priscilla, a grande dame who is unaware of her niece's theatrical ambitions and who looks forward to Eadie's marriage to a Back Bay society man. Eadie is enrolled at Glen Moor College, where she is rehearsing a dance number for the school's annual Greek festival. The producers of the festival are Jimmy Tuttle and "Professor" Dingle, two former burlesque performers who have convinced Dean Flint that they are scholars of classical drama. At the conclusion of classes, Eadie hurries to the burlesque theater to prepare for her new role. The next day at school, when Flint tells Eadie that her grades have been slipping, she presses her friend, Pamela Parker, into writing a thesis for her. Back at the burlesque house, Tommy tricks Rose Allure, the lead dancer, into quitting the show, thus opening the spot for Eadie. Eadie is a hit, and to celebrate she and Tommy visit a nightclub where Flint and his wife are dining. There, band leader Hal McIntyre recognizes Eadie and asks her to take a bow. Managing to escape before the dean sees her, Eadie realizes that she can no longer lead a double life and informs Tommy that she is quitting burlesque. The next ... +


Eadie Allen, a newcomer in the chorus line at a seedy burlesque house, is singled out by the show's producer, Tommy Foley, for a larger role. As Tommy hands Eadie her script for the new part, he asks her why she has been so secretive about her life. Unknown to her burlesque colleagues, Eadie lives in a palatial estate in a fashionable district of Boston with her spinster aunt Priscilla, a grande dame who is unaware of her niece's theatrical ambitions and who looks forward to Eadie's marriage to a Back Bay society man. Eadie is enrolled at Glen Moor College, where she is rehearsing a dance number for the school's annual Greek festival. The producers of the festival are Jimmy Tuttle and "Professor" Dingle, two former burlesque performers who have convinced Dean Flint that they are scholars of classical drama. At the conclusion of classes, Eadie hurries to the burlesque theater to prepare for her new role. The next day at school, when Flint tells Eadie that her grades have been slipping, she presses her friend, Pamela Parker, into writing a thesis for her. Back at the burlesque house, Tommy tricks Rose Allure, the lead dancer, into quitting the show, thus opening the spot for Eadie. Eadie is a hit, and to celebrate she and Tommy visit a nightclub where Flint and his wife are dining. There, band leader Hal McIntyre recognizes Eadie and asks her to take a bow. Managing to escape before the dean sees her, Eadie realizes that she can no longer lead a double life and informs Tommy that she is quitting burlesque. The next day, Flint lectures his students about the revolting spectacle that he witnessed at the club. Intrigued, Dingle and Tuttle sneak out to see Eadie at the burlesque, but discover that she has left the show. While at the theater, Tommy recognizes Dingle and Tuttle and they show him a copy of the campus paper featuring a story about their contribution to the festival. Soon after, the burlesque show folds and Tommy is offered a job staging a show at the Plazmore Hotel. Noticing a photo of Eadie in the college paper, Tommy tracks her down and persuades her to perform at the hotel. On opening night, Rose spots Tommy in the hotel corridor and, bent on revenge, notifies the police that an obscene performance is underway. The police raid the hotel, and during the excitement, the zipper on Eadie's dressing gown catches in the coat tails of Flint, who is attending the event. Taken to the police station, Eadie and the dean are recognized by a newswoman, who plasters their pictures across the front page. Thinking that the raid was one of Tommy's publicity stunts, Eadie refuses to see him again. Soon after, Rose appears at Tommy's office and after she admits her part in the raid, Tommy drags her to the college to tell Eadie the truth. At Glen Moor, the board of directors is convening to hear the case against Eadie and the dean when Tommy appears and wins Eadie's forgiveness with Rose's confession. To extricate the dean and Eadie from their predicament, Tommy dons a beard and poses as Professor Nozoros, head of the Athens Art Theater. When he testifies that Eadie appeared in the burlesque on his instructions and was doing confidential research to be incorporated into the Greek festival, Eadie and the dean are exonerated and Aunt Priscilla welcomes Tommy into the family. +

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