Ex-Lady (1933)

56, 62 or 65 mins | Drama | 8 April 1933

Director:

Robert Florey

Producer:

Darryl F. Zanuck

Cinematographer:

Tony Gaudio

Editor:

Harold McLernon

Production Designer:

Jack Okey

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Edith Fitzgerald's and Robert Riskin's play was copyrighted 1 Jul 1930. This was Bette Davis' first starring role. A news item in HR notes that Howard Bretherton and William Keighley were considered as directors for the film before Robert Florey was assigned. Shooting lasted for eighteen days and the total cost of the film was $115,000. This is a remake of the 1931 Warner Bros. film Illicit (see ... More Less

Edith Fitzgerald's and Robert Riskin's play was copyrighted 1 Jul 1930. This was Bette Davis' first starring role. A news item in HR notes that Howard Bretherton and William Keighley were considered as directors for the film before Robert Florey was assigned. Shooting lasted for eighteen days and the total cost of the film was $115,000. This is a remake of the 1931 Warner Bros. film Illicit (see below). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
13 May 33
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Dec 32
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Feb 33
p. 5.
Motion Picture Daily
13 May 33
p. 6.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Feb 33
p. 30.
New York Times
15 May 33
p. 16.
Variety
16 May 33
p. 21.
DETAILS
Release Date:
8 April 1933
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
11 April 1933
Copyright Number:
LP3796
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
56, 62 or 65
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Helen Bauer, a beautiful young artist with modern ideas about sexual relationships, is in love with Don Peterson. The couple scorns marriage, but when Helen's conventional father, Adolphe, condemns their lifestyle, they acquiesce and marry. Soon, Don's advertising business troubles put a strain on the marriage and Helen discovers that he is seeing one of her married friends, Peggy. Helen is convinced that it is marriage that drove Don away and insists that they live separately, but remain lovers. One night when Don goes to see Helen, he finds she has a date with Nick Malvyn, a man about town. Don's jealousy sends him back to Peggy and Helen reacts by going to Nick's apartment. There Nick's amorous intentions are thwarted by the arrival of a mutual friend. When Helen returns home, though, she finds Don waiting and ready to forgive her. They reconcile their differences and agree that although marriage is not perfect, their love will survive ... +


Helen Bauer, a beautiful young artist with modern ideas about sexual relationships, is in love with Don Peterson. The couple scorns marriage, but when Helen's conventional father, Adolphe, condemns their lifestyle, they acquiesce and marry. Soon, Don's advertising business troubles put a strain on the marriage and Helen discovers that he is seeing one of her married friends, Peggy. Helen is convinced that it is marriage that drove Don away and insists that they live separately, but remain lovers. One night when Don goes to see Helen, he finds she has a date with Nick Malvyn, a man about town. Don's jealousy sends him back to Peggy and Helen reacts by going to Nick's apartment. There Nick's amorous intentions are thwarted by the arrival of a mutual friend. When Helen returns home, though, she finds Don waiting and ready to forgive her. They reconcile their differences and agree that although marriage is not perfect, their love will survive it. +

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