The Lady Consents (1936)

75-76 mins | Melodrama | 7 February 1936

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was The Indestructible Mrs. Talbot , which also was the name of P. J. Wolfson's screen story. RKO borrowed Herbert Marshall from Paramount and Margaret Lindsay from Warner Bros. for this production. HR production charts add Thomas Braidon, Ernest Hilliard, Harold Minjir, Landers Stevens, Russell Hicks, David Clyde, George Pearce, John Ince and Bill Dooley to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. According to modern sources, RKO received a flood of mail from varous glass blowing unions protesting a scene in which the innovation of tin beer cans is ... More Less

The working title of this film was The Indestructible Mrs. Talbot , which also was the name of P. J. Wolfson's screen story. RKO borrowed Herbert Marshall from Paramount and Margaret Lindsay from Warner Bros. for this production. HR production charts add Thomas Braidon, Ernest Hilliard, Harold Minjir, Landers Stevens, Russell Hicks, David Clyde, George Pearce, John Ince and Bill Dooley to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. According to modern sources, RKO received a flood of mail from varous glass blowing unions protesting a scene in which the innovation of tin beer cans is featured. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
26 Nov 35
p. 2.
Daily Variety
11 Jan 36
p. 3.
Film Daily
14 Jan 36
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Dec 35
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jan 36
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
13 Jan 36
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald
18 Jan 36
p. 44, 46
New York Times
6 Feb 36
p. 23.
Variety
12 Feb 36
p. 18.
CAST
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DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Indestructible Mrs. Talbot
Release Date:
7 February 1936
Production Date:
26 November--mid December 1935
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
7 February 1936
Copyright Number:
LP6206
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
75-76
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
PCA No:
1865
SYNOPSIS

When Geraldine "Jerry" Mannerly, a successful, attractive sportswoman, is thrown by an overly rambunctious horse at a New York country club, surgeon Mike Talbot admininsters to her, then overcome by her attractiveness, kisses her. After Mike casually confesses his transgression to his trusting wife Anne, he lunches with Jerry the next day and begins to see her regularly. Anne, who has caught the eye of Stanley Ashton, a friend of Mike's father Jim, dismisses rumors about Mike and Jerry and even invites Jerry to a costume party. Determined to "steal" Mike from Anne, Jerry tells him at the party that she is leaving immediately for California and consequently coaxes a confession of love out of him. Jerry then declares that, in order to spare Anne's feelings, she is willing to sacrifice her own love, which drives Mike to ask Anne for a divorce. Although devastated, Anne agrees to the divorce without a fight and leaves for Reno. When she returns to New York, she is greeted by the ever-faithful Stanley and by Jim, who upbraids her for giving up on Mike too easily. Soon after, Anne attends Mike and Jerry's wedding and, with a breaking heart, blesses their marriage. While the new Mrs. Talbot transforms Mike's home into a formal showroom and antagonizes the easy-going Jim with her snobbishness, Anne is wooed by Stanley, who proposes to her every day. Weary of Jim's disdain, Jerry coldly forces him to move to Utah, where he has invested in a gold mine. In Utah, Jim is shot in a gun accident, and Mike and Anne are summoned to his deathbed. Brought together temporarily ... +


When Geraldine "Jerry" Mannerly, a successful, attractive sportswoman, is thrown by an overly rambunctious horse at a New York country club, surgeon Mike Talbot admininsters to her, then overcome by her attractiveness, kisses her. After Mike casually confesses his transgression to his trusting wife Anne, he lunches with Jerry the next day and begins to see her regularly. Anne, who has caught the eye of Stanley Ashton, a friend of Mike's father Jim, dismisses rumors about Mike and Jerry and even invites Jerry to a costume party. Determined to "steal" Mike from Anne, Jerry tells him at the party that she is leaving immediately for California and consequently coaxes a confession of love out of him. Jerry then declares that, in order to spare Anne's feelings, she is willing to sacrifice her own love, which drives Mike to ask Anne for a divorce. Although devastated, Anne agrees to the divorce without a fight and leaves for Reno. When she returns to New York, she is greeted by the ever-faithful Stanley and by Jim, who upbraids her for giving up on Mike too easily. Soon after, Anne attends Mike and Jerry's wedding and, with a breaking heart, blesses their marriage. While the new Mrs. Talbot transforms Mike's home into a formal showroom and antagonizes the easy-going Jim with her snobbishness, Anne is wooed by Stanley, who proposes to her every day. Weary of Jim's disdain, Jerry coldly forces him to move to Utah, where he has invested in a gold mine. In Utah, Jim is shot in a gun accident, and Mike and Anne are summoned to his deathbed. Brought together temporarily by Jim's death, Mike finally tells Anne at Christmas that he wants to re-marry her, but when he asks Jerry for a divorce, she denies him his freedom. Although Anne offers to become his mistress, Mike insists that they separate. Eventually, Anne, using her own set of tricks, fools Jerry into believing that she will impoverish Mike with alimony demands and, thus revealing Jerry as a gold digger, drives the false wife from her husband. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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