Ladies of the Chorus (1949)

60 mins | Drama | 10 February 1949

Director:

Phil Karlson

Producer:

Harry A. Romm

Cinematographer:

Frank Redman

Editor:

Dick Fantl

Production Designer:

Robert Peterson

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

Ladies of the Chorus was Marilyn Monroe's only film for Columbia and marked the first time she sang on screen. On the viewed print, Monroe was listed above the title, but it is probable that these credits were added for the television release of the film when the actress' career was at its ... More Less

Ladies of the Chorus was Marilyn Monroe's only film for Columbia and marked the first time she sang on screen. On the viewed print, Monroe was listed above the title, but it is probable that these credits were added for the television release of the film when the actress' career was at its peak. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Jan 1949.
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Daily Variety
3 Dec 48
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Apr 48
p. 18.
Hollywood Reporter
7 May 48
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Dec 48
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
23 Oct 48
p. 4358.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
MUSIC
Mus supv
DANCE
Prod numbers staged by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Ladies of the Chorus," "Anyone Can See I Love You," "Every Baby Needs a Da Da Daddy," "I'm So Crazy for You" and "You're Never Too Old," music and lyrics by Allan Roberts and Lester Lee
"Ubangi Love Song," music and lyrics by Buck Ram.
DETAILS
Release Date:
10 February 1949
Production Date:
22 April--3 May 1948
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
10 February 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2102
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
60
Length(in feet):
5,416
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Peggy Martin and her mother May both work as burlesque chorus girls. After star Bubbles LaRue quits, Joe, the stage manager, asks May to do a specialty number, but May secretly arranges for Peggy to do the number instead, and her performance is so good that she is given the starring spot. One evening, Randy Carroll, a member of a wealthy society family in Cleveland, Ohio, is brought to a performance by friends and becomes completely enamored of Peggy. Learning that Peggy generally does not go on dates because her mother disapproves, Randy adopts a subtle strategy. Every night, he sends Peggy orchids, but does not sign the card. Curious about her secret admirer, Peggy goes to the florist to learn his identity. When the florist tells her that the man is due to arrive at any moment, Peggy waits for him. After they finally meet, Randy asks Peggy to dinner and she accepts, but first she invites him to meet her mother. Randy is shocked to learn that May is also a dancer, but he politely asks her to join them for dinner. May declines, but waits anxiously for Peggy to return home. That night, an ecstatic Peggy tells May that Randy has proposed. The next day, when Randy asks May for her consent, she warns him that there is a class difference between him and Peggy. In response to Randy's indifference, May tells him the story of her marriage to a Boston socialite--Peggy's father. After their marriage, she explains, her husband's family was horrified to learn how she made her living and had the marriage annulled. ... +


Peggy Martin and her mother May both work as burlesque chorus girls. After star Bubbles LaRue quits, Joe, the stage manager, asks May to do a specialty number, but May secretly arranges for Peggy to do the number instead, and her performance is so good that she is given the starring spot. One evening, Randy Carroll, a member of a wealthy society family in Cleveland, Ohio, is brought to a performance by friends and becomes completely enamored of Peggy. Learning that Peggy generally does not go on dates because her mother disapproves, Randy adopts a subtle strategy. Every night, he sends Peggy orchids, but does not sign the card. Curious about her secret admirer, Peggy goes to the florist to learn his identity. When the florist tells her that the man is due to arrive at any moment, Peggy waits for him. After they finally meet, Randy asks Peggy to dinner and she accepts, but first she invites him to meet her mother. Randy is shocked to learn that May is also a dancer, but he politely asks her to join them for dinner. May declines, but waits anxiously for Peggy to return home. That night, an ecstatic Peggy tells May that Randy has proposed. The next day, when Randy asks May for her consent, she warns him that there is a class difference between him and Peggy. In response to Randy's indifference, May tells him the story of her marriage to a Boston socialite--Peggy's father. After their marriage, she explains, her husband's family was horrified to learn how she made her living and had the marriage annulled. Randy protests that people are more broadminded now than they were in her day, and May agrees to the marriage, providing that Randy tells his mother about Peggy's profession beforehand. Randy then tries to tell his mother Adele about Peggy, but gets cold feet. Adele, however, is delighted that Randy has fallen in love and invites May and Peggy for a visit. Adele plans a lavish engagement party for all their friends. Before the party, May's old friend, Billy Mackay, a retired burlesque comic, joins them. The trio of musicians that Adele has hired to entertain recognize Peggy and ask her to sing. The party guests are scandalized, and feeling snubbed, Peggy and May decide to go home. Mrs. Carroll stops them, because, she declares, if they run away, it will only make things worse. Adele then asks Billy to help her sing something. Afterward, she reveals to her shocked friends that she too used to be a chorus girl. Later, she secretly admits to May and Billy that she made up that story to make Peggy and Randy happy. She then suggests that it is time for May to marry her old friend Billy, who has loved her for years. +

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

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