International Lady (1941)

100 mins | Drama | 19 September 1941

Director:

Tim Whelan

Cinematographer:

Hal Mohr

Production Designer:

John Ducasse Schulze

Production Company:

Edward Small Productions, Inc.
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HISTORY

The working title for this film was G-Man vs. Scotland Yard . Grant Whytock's onscreen credit reads: "Assistant to producer and supervising film editor." While HR news items noted that the "Singing Strings," an all-female band led by Lorraine Page, was signed for the war nightclub scenes, and that actors John Holland, Wyndham Standing, Grace Hayle, Frances Carson and Rita Quigley were set for roles, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. According to a Jul 1941 HR news item, actor Preston Foster was set for a role in the film, but was unable to accept the part because Paramount, his contract studio, required him for another ... More Less

The working title for this film was G-Man vs. Scotland Yard . Grant Whytock's onscreen credit reads: "Assistant to producer and supervising film editor." While HR news items noted that the "Singing Strings," an all-female band led by Lorraine Page, was signed for the war nightclub scenes, and that actors John Holland, Wyndham Standing, Grace Hayle, Frances Carson and Rita Quigley were set for roles, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. According to a Jul 1941 HR news item, actor Preston Foster was set for a role in the film, but was unable to accept the part because Paramount, his contract studio, required him for another film. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
13 Sep 1941.
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Daily Variety
10-Oct-41
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Film Daily
6 Oct 41
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Jan 41
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
2 May 41
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
7 May 41
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
22 May 41
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
23 May 41
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jun 41
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jul 41
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Oct 41
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Aug 41
p. 206.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
18 Oct 41
p. 317.
New York Times
11 Nov 41
p. 29.
Variety
15 Oct 41
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Asst to prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITORS
Supv film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Miss Massey's ward des
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus score
SOUND
Re-rec ed
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
G-Man vs. Scotland Yard
Release Date:
19 September 1941
Production Date:
late April--13 June 1941
Copyright Claimant:
Edward Small Productions, Inc.
Copyright Date:
24 September 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10715
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
100
Length(in feet):
9,221
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7540
SYNOPSIS

During World War II, American G-Man Tom Hanley is assigned to snare suspected spy and lounge singer Carla Nillson in London. Though Carla claims to be a Norwegian war refugee, Tom suspects that she is behind a sabotage effort aimed at destroying the shipment of American war planes to England. Posing as an attorney doing business with the U.S. Consulate in London, Tom finds Carla at a nightclub, and takes cover with her in a bomb shelter during an air raid. Carla later asks him to help her get a visa for the United States so that she can perform there. As Carla and Tom become fast friends, they are joined by Reggie Oliver, a Scotland Yard detective posing as a music critic interested in Carla's singing career. Though Tom and Oliver eventually discover that they are spending time with Carla for the same reason, they disagree about how to best trap the suspected spy. Tom, believing that Carla would be more easily apprehended in America, procures a visa for her and quietly escorts her to Lisbon to catch a boat to New York. Oliver, however, finds the couple in Lisbon, and rejoins them, claiming that he is being been sent to America by his newspaper to cover her arrival there. By the time they arrive in New York, Tom falls deeply in love with Carla. Soon after arriving in New York, Carla performs a concert at the Long Island home of candy tycoon Sidney Grenner. It soon becomes evident, however, that Mr. Grenner is actually the head of the sabotage ring, and is using the party as a front for planning their ... +


During World War II, American G-Man Tom Hanley is assigned to snare suspected spy and lounge singer Carla Nillson in London. Though Carla claims to be a Norwegian war refugee, Tom suspects that she is behind a sabotage effort aimed at destroying the shipment of American war planes to England. Posing as an attorney doing business with the U.S. Consulate in London, Tom finds Carla at a nightclub, and takes cover with her in a bomb shelter during an air raid. Carla later asks him to help her get a visa for the United States so that she can perform there. As Carla and Tom become fast friends, they are joined by Reggie Oliver, a Scotland Yard detective posing as a music critic interested in Carla's singing career. Though Tom and Oliver eventually discover that they are spending time with Carla for the same reason, they disagree about how to best trap the suspected spy. Tom, believing that Carla would be more easily apprehended in America, procures a visa for her and quietly escorts her to Lisbon to catch a boat to New York. Oliver, however, finds the couple in Lisbon, and rejoins them, claiming that he is being been sent to America by his newspaper to cover her arrival there. By the time they arrive in New York, Tom falls deeply in love with Carla. Soon after arriving in New York, Carla performs a concert at the Long Island home of candy tycoon Sidney Grenner. It soon becomes evident, however, that Mr. Grenner is actually the head of the sabotage ring, and is using the party as a front for planning their biggest operation yet: the destruction of every American cargo ship leaving for England. During Carla's radio broadcast recital, Tom and Oliver notice an unusual pattern in her singing and suspect that she is singing in code for the enemy. After discovering the code on a piece of paper in Grenner's bedroom, Tom tosses it out the window to a waiting FBI agent. Carla later discovers that Tom is a government agent, and though she still carries a torch for him, she tells Grenner about him. Much to Carla's dismay, Grenner orders her to lure Tom to a hotel rooftop garden, where a sniper will be waiting to shoot him. Carla leads Tom to the garden in the middle of a Fourth of July fireworks display, but just as the sniper fires his gun at Tom, she jumps in front of him and takes the bullet herself. After the secret code is deciphered by Oliver and the FBI, the sabotage ring is shut down and its leaders are arrested. Carla, meanwhile, is visited in her hospital room by Tom, who is duty-bound to arrest her. His love for Carla still alive, Tom promises a happy future for the two of them after the war. +

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