Lady by Choice (1934)

74,78,85 or 87 mins | Comedy | 15 October 1934

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HISTORY

Working titles for the film were Orchids and Onions and Part Time Lady. ...

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Working titles for the film were Orchids and Onions and Part Time Lady.

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PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
CREDIT
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
30 Jul 1934
p. 2
Daily Variety
31 Aug 1934
p. 5
Daily Variety
28 Sep 1934
p. 3
Film Daily
6 Oct 1934
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
28 Sep 1934
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
29 Sep 1934
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald
6 Oct 1934
p. 59
Motion Picture Herald
13 Oct 1934
p. 45
New York Times
17 Nov 1934
p. 17
Variety
20 Nov 1934
p. 15
CAST
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
Fred "Snowflake" Toones
Hector V. Sarno
Jack Lowe
O. G. "Dutch" Hendrian
Eddie Hearn
Don Brody
Elizabeth Jones
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PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Harry Cohn, President
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Arthur Black
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
STAND INS
Riding double for Carole Lombard
Stand-in for May Robson
Stand-in for Carole Lombard
Stand-in for Walter Connolly
Stand-in for Roger Pryor
SOURCES
SONGS
"M-o-t-h-e-r (A Word That Means the World to Me)," music by Theodore Morse, lyrics by Howard Johnson
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Orchids and Onions
Part Time Lady
Release Date:
15 October 1934
Production Date:
30 Jul--31 Aug 1934
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp.
5 October 1934
LP5003
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
74,78,85 or 87
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
272
SYNOPSIS

Patsy Patterson, a drunken old woman, is arrested for taking part in a barroom brawl precipitated by her heckling a singing waiter's rendition of the song "M-o-t-h-e-r." While Patsy is waiting for her hearing, Judge Daly gives a suspended sentence to a fan dancer, Miss Alabam Lee, who is also known as Georgia. Patsy is sent to an old age home. Alabam's publicist, Front O'Malley, suggests that Alabam adopt Patsy as a publicity stunt. Alabam takes Patsy home with her, and taking her duties as Alabam's adopted mother seriously, Patsy soon discovers that O'Malley and Kendall, Alabam's accountant, are swindling her. Patsy sneaks out and wins $7,000 gambling, which she tells Alabam was a bequest from a relative. She then proves to Alabam that O'Malley and Kendall are crooks and takes over as her manager. Patsy uses her money to give Alabam dance, singing and elocution lessons and then has her audition with theatrical producer David Opper. When Alabam fares poorly at the audition, she returns home dejected and realizing she is broke, makes a play for Patsy's friend, attorney Johnny Mills. Johnny's father, who was in love with Patsy, asked Johnny to take care of her after his death. When Patsy sees that Alabam is after Johnny for his money, the two women quarrel. Johnny proposes to Alabam, but explains that because of his mother's opposition, he will be penniless if they marry. Judge Daly threatens to revoke Alabam's sentence if she marries Johnny and tells her of the harm her bad reputation will do to him. Defeated, Alabam returns to Kendall to join his latest revue and breaks her ...

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Patsy Patterson, a drunken old woman, is arrested for taking part in a barroom brawl precipitated by her heckling a singing waiter's rendition of the song "M-o-t-h-e-r." While Patsy is waiting for her hearing, Judge Daly gives a suspended sentence to a fan dancer, Miss Alabam Lee, who is also known as Georgia. Patsy is sent to an old age home. Alabam's publicist, Front O'Malley, suggests that Alabam adopt Patsy as a publicity stunt. Alabam takes Patsy home with her, and taking her duties as Alabam's adopted mother seriously, Patsy soon discovers that O'Malley and Kendall, Alabam's accountant, are swindling her. Patsy sneaks out and wins $7,000 gambling, which she tells Alabam was a bequest from a relative. She then proves to Alabam that O'Malley and Kendall are crooks and takes over as her manager. Patsy uses her money to give Alabam dance, singing and elocution lessons and then has her audition with theatrical producer David Opper. When Alabam fares poorly at the audition, she returns home dejected and realizing she is broke, makes a play for Patsy's friend, attorney Johnny Mills. Johnny's father, who was in love with Patsy, asked Johnny to take care of her after his death. When Patsy sees that Alabam is after Johnny for his money, the two women quarrel. Johnny proposes to Alabam, but explains that because of his mother's opposition, he will be penniless if they marry. Judge Daly threatens to revoke Alabam's sentence if she marries Johnny and tells her of the harm her bad reputation will do to him. Defeated, Alabam returns to Kendall to join his latest revue and breaks her engagement to Johnny. When Patsy realizes that Alabam truly loves Johnny, she asks Daly to raid Kendall's nightclub. Alabam once again faces prison, but Daly gives her a choice: prison or marriage to Johnny, and the two lovers are reunited.

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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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