Lady with a Past (1932)

79-80 mins | Romance, Comedy-drama | 19 February 1932

Director:

Edward H. Griffith

Writer:

Horace Jackson

Cinematographer:

Hal Mohr

Editor:

Charles Craft

Production Designer:

Carroll Clark

Production Company:

RKO Pathé Pictures, Inc.
Full page view
HISTORY

According to an RKO studio memorandum, the total cost of the production was $541,075. Constance Bennett's salary was $112,000, director Edward H. Griffith's was $60,000. RKO borrowed Ben Lyon from Warner Bros. and David Manners from First National for this film. Modern sources add the following cast members: Bruce Cabot ( Dance extra ), Don Terry ( Friend ) and Bill Elliott ( Brown ... More Less

According to an RKO studio memorandum, the total cost of the production was $541,075. Constance Bennett's salary was $112,000, director Edward H. Griffith's was $60,000. RKO borrowed Ben Lyon from Warner Bros. and David Manners from First National for this film. Modern sources add the following cast members: Bruce Cabot ( Dance extra ), Don Terry ( Friend ) and Bill Elliott ( Brown ). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
21 Feb 32
p. 10.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Oct 31
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Feb 32
p. 11.
International Photographer
1 Mar 32
p. 35.
Motion Picture Herald
13 Feb 32
pp. 34-35.
Motion Picture Herald
27 Feb 32
pp. 22-23.
New York Times
22 Feb 32
p. 23.
Variety
23 Feb 32
p. 13.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Charles R. Rogers Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
2d cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Lady with a Past by Harriet Henry (New York, 1931).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 February 1932
Production Date:
began 21 October 1931
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Pathé Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
15 February 1932
Copyright Number:
LP2848
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Photophone System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
79-80
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

After a fashionable New York party, drunken socialite Donnie Wainwright convinces Venice Muir, a shy, intelligent heiress, to elope with him to Paris, then leaves with another woman before his Europe-bound ship departs. Determined to become the charming flirt she believes Donnie desires, Venice sails to Paris alone and hires Guy Bryson, a broke, unemployed American, to be her "gigolo." By inventing gossip about Venice's romantic past and strategically introducing her to a number of eligible bachelors, Guy quickly transforms Venice into the most desirable woman in Paris. When Donnie arrives in the city for a short business trip, he is shocked by Venice's entourage of admirers, which includes Rene, the Viscomte de La Thenardier. On Guy's advice, Venice teases the dumbfounded, jealous Donnie with calculated indifference and flirts openly with her other suitors. Then, on the night that Donnie is to leave Paris, Rene, who is heavily in debt to a married woman, proposes to Venice during a lavish party. Venice gracefully rejects Rene and accompanies Donnie to the train station. Just before his train pulls away, Donnie also proposes to Venice, but she is distracted by the arrival of Guy, who informs her that Rene has committed suicide. Although Venice knows that Rene's death was related to his bankruptcy, the newspapers report that the viscomte killed himself because of her rejection, and Venice's reputation as a femme fatale blossoms. Depressed, Venice sails back to New York with Guy and is greeted by newspaper headlines announcing that Guy's wife is suing her for alienation of affection. After saying goodbye to her "gigolo," Venice attends another ... +


After a fashionable New York party, drunken socialite Donnie Wainwright convinces Venice Muir, a shy, intelligent heiress, to elope with him to Paris, then leaves with another woman before his Europe-bound ship departs. Determined to become the charming flirt she believes Donnie desires, Venice sails to Paris alone and hires Guy Bryson, a broke, unemployed American, to be her "gigolo." By inventing gossip about Venice's romantic past and strategically introducing her to a number of eligible bachelors, Guy quickly transforms Venice into the most desirable woman in Paris. When Donnie arrives in the city for a short business trip, he is shocked by Venice's entourage of admirers, which includes Rene, the Viscomte de La Thenardier. On Guy's advice, Venice teases the dumbfounded, jealous Donnie with calculated indifference and flirts openly with her other suitors. Then, on the night that Donnie is to leave Paris, Rene, who is heavily in debt to a married woman, proposes to Venice during a lavish party. Venice gracefully rejects Rene and accompanies Donnie to the train station. Just before his train pulls away, Donnie also proposes to Venice, but she is distracted by the arrival of Guy, who informs her that Rene has committed suicide. Although Venice knows that Rene's death was related to his bankruptcy, the newspapers report that the viscomte killed himself because of her rejection, and Venice's reputation as a femme fatale blossoms. Depressed, Venice sails back to New York with Guy and is greeted by newspaper headlines announcing that Guy's wife is suing her for alienation of affection. After saying goodbye to her "gigolo," Venice attends another party, where she is sought after by every man except Donnie, who now rejects her because of her supposed indiscretions. Furious at Donnie's hypocrisy and lack of faith, Venice spurns him, but eventually accepts his apologies and his proposal. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.