The Lady Has Plans (1942)

75 or 77 mins | Comedy | 1942

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writer:

Harry Tugend

Cinematographer:

Charles Lang Jr.

Editor:

William Shea

Production Designers:

Hans Dreier, Robert Usher

Production Company:

Paramount Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Leo Birinski's original story was titled "Palace of a Thousand Lies," and the working title of this film was The Girl Has Plans . Both Claudette Colbert and Madeleine Carroll were at one time slated for the picture's female lead. According to a HR news item, Paramount hired chemist J. A. Cox to prepare the invisible ink formula and its reagent for use in the film. Paulette Goddard and Ray Milland were previously teamed in Reap the Wild Wind (see below). Some scenes were filmed on location near Laguna Beach, CA, according to DV. Rita Hayworth starred with William Powell in a 26 Apr 1943 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the ... More Less

Leo Birinski's original story was titled "Palace of a Thousand Lies," and the working title of this film was The Girl Has Plans . Both Claudette Colbert and Madeleine Carroll were at one time slated for the picture's female lead. According to a HR news item, Paramount hired chemist J. A. Cox to prepare the invisible ink formula and its reagent for use in the film. Paulette Goddard and Ray Milland were previously teamed in Reap the Wild Wind (see below). Some scenes were filmed on location near Laguna Beach, CA, according to DV. Rita Hayworth starred with William Powell in a 26 Apr 1943 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
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Box Office
24 Jan 1942.
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Daily Variety
3 Jun 1941.
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Daily Variety
16 Jan 42
p. 3.
Film Daily
20 Jan 42
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Apr 41
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jun 41
p. 14.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jun 41
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Aug 41
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Sep 41
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Sep 41
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Jan 42
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
24 Jan 42
p. 475.
New York Times
5 Mar 42
p. 27.
Variety
21 Jan 42
p. 8.
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Girl Has Plans
Premiere Information:
New York opening: week of 4 March 1942
Production Date:
late September--late October 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
30 December 1941
Copyright Number:
LP11161
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75 or 77
Length(in feet):
6,948
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7782
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Secret plans for a radio-controlled torpedo, which have been stolen from the U.S. Navy, are drawn in invisible ink onto the back of spy Rita Lenox. Her cohort, Paul Baker, then murders the innocent artist, and formulates plans for Rita to impersonate reporter Sidney Royce, who is flying to Lisbon, and sell the plans to either the Nazis or the British. The plot is abandoned, however, when their other cohort is intercepted by federal agents because his passport is expired. The real Sidney Royce, who has been hired to work with renowned war correspondent Kenneth Harper, travels to Lisbon and is surprised that reservations have already been made for her at a luxurious hotel. When she arrives at her suite, she is astonished by the trunks of clothing she finds there, which actually belong to Rita, and assume that her new boss has provided them. Upon meeting Sidney, Ken soon divests her of this assumption, but speculates himself on her possible relationship with their employer. Ken encourages her to interview her hotel neighbors, British agent Ronald Dean and Von Kemp, a German baron. Both men believe she is Rita, however, and when they each ask her to disrobe so that they can see her back, she throws them out of her room. Ken is called in by United States Ambassador Peter Miles, who informs him that Sidney is a spy and, with the assistance of Ronald, encourages him to romance her so they can get the secret plans. That night, Ken takes Sidney out to dinner, and although she is resistant to his sudden romantic overtures, he falls in love with her. ... +


Secret plans for a radio-controlled torpedo, which have been stolen from the U.S. Navy, are drawn in invisible ink onto the back of spy Rita Lenox. Her cohort, Paul Baker, then murders the innocent artist, and formulates plans for Rita to impersonate reporter Sidney Royce, who is flying to Lisbon, and sell the plans to either the Nazis or the British. The plot is abandoned, however, when their other cohort is intercepted by federal agents because his passport is expired. The real Sidney Royce, who has been hired to work with renowned war correspondent Kenneth Harper, travels to Lisbon and is surprised that reservations have already been made for her at a luxurious hotel. When she arrives at her suite, she is astonished by the trunks of clothing she finds there, which actually belong to Rita, and assume that her new boss has provided them. Upon meeting Sidney, Ken soon divests her of this assumption, but speculates himself on her possible relationship with their employer. Ken encourages her to interview her hotel neighbors, British agent Ronald Dean and Von Kemp, a German baron. Both men believe she is Rita, however, and when they each ask her to disrobe so that they can see her back, she throws them out of her room. Ken is called in by United States Ambassador Peter Miles, who informs him that Sidney is a spy and, with the assistance of Ronald, encourages him to romance her so they can get the secret plans. That night, Ken takes Sidney out to dinner, and although she is resistant to his sudden romantic overtures, he falls in love with her. He nonetheless plots with Ronald, who has made his apologies to Sidney for his previous behavior, to slip her a "mickey finn." However, the bartender who prepares the drink is working with Von Kemp and slips the drug into Ken's and Ronald's drinks. Sidney loses patience when the two men start to act silly, and goes to her room, but discovers that she has accidentally taken Ronald's key and stays in his room instead. Ken and Ronald then stay in her suite, but are awakened in the middle of the night by Nazi spies, who break in to photograph Sidney's back with a special camera. The spies escape, but leave their camera, and in the morning, Ken and Ronald realize they have been drugged by the Nazis. Sidney soon proves her true identity to Miles and Ken, and although Ken reveals that he became involved just to get a story, he also confesses that he has fallen in love with her. Sidney decides to continue the ruse in order to crack the story, and persuades Ken to draw on her back in invisible ink a fake plan for a combination harvest machine and barber's shears. Sidney offers to reveal the plans to Von Kemp while Ken entraps Rita, who has finally come to Lisbon. After knocking her unconscious, Ken leaves Rita guarded by his assistant, Frank Richards. Sidney's ruse is exposed by Baker, and Von Kemp then holds her prisoner. When Ken suggests a prisoner exchange, Rita appears with Frank, who is actually a Nazi spy. Both Ken and Sidney are imprisoned in a dungeon at a Nazi-controlled health resort after the Germans discover that Ken has already photographed and erased the secret plans and sent them to Washington, D.C. while Rita was unconscious. When Ken and Sidney escape, they find a vast room filled with forged passports. Ken sneaks into a telephone booth in the resort's main lobby, calls the radio station, and makes his scheduled broadcast by phone, reporting on the events that have just occurred. Police arrive to arrest the Nazi spies and Ken then professes his love for Sidney over the air. +

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