The Lady Objects (1938)

61, 62 or 66 mins | Drama | 9 September 1938

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HISTORY

The working title for this film was Lady Lawyer . Many contemporary sources mistakenly list assistant director Clifford Broughton as director instead of Erle C. Kenton. "A Mist Is Over the Moon" received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song. A HR production chart lists the following uncredited actors: Stanley Brown, Robert Fiske and David Newell, whose participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Although the writing credits differ, this film bears a striking resemblance to Columbia's 1933 film, Ann Carver's Profession (see ... More Less

The working title for this film was Lady Lawyer . Many contemporary sources mistakenly list assistant director Clifford Broughton as director instead of Erle C. Kenton. "A Mist Is Over the Moon" received an Academy Award nomination for Best Song. A HR production chart lists the following uncredited actors: Stanley Brown, Robert Fiske and David Newell, whose participation in the final film has not been confirmed. Although the writing credits differ, this film bears a striking resemblance to Columbia's 1933 film, Ann Carver's Profession (see above). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 Sep 38
p. 3.
Film Daily
12 Oct 38
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jun 38
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
12 Sep 38
p. 3.
Variety
12 Oct 38
p. 15.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Harry Cohn, President
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
COSTUMES
Gowns
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
Sd eng
SOURCES
SONGS
"That Week in Paris," "A Mist Is Over the Moon," "Home in Your Arms" and "When You're in the Room," music by Ben Oakland, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II
"Sky High," "Naughty, Naughty" and "Victory Song," music and lyrics by Milton Drake.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Lady Lawyer
Release Date:
9 September 1938
Production Date:
20 June--12 July 1938
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Copyright Date:
12 September 1938
Copyright Number:
LP8267
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
61, 62 or 66
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
4390
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Former college football hero and glee club member William Hayward works as an architect in New York City. Bill's wife, Ann Adams, is an attorney who is on her way up, and when she wins a big case for her firm, she is promoted to junior partner. Bill, who has not experienced notoriety since his college days, is jealous of Ann's success. One night at a party, Bill realizes he cannot afford the stakes in a card game, and leaves to see two college friends, George Martin and June Lane, perform at a nightclub. George is a magician and June is Bill's old sweetheart. Then, Ann is sent to Washington D.C. for two weeks, and in her rush to leave, she neglects to pay their housekeepers. Bill does not have the money to pay the housekeepers himself and quits his job to take advantage of George's offer to perform at the nightclub. When Ann learns what Bill has done, she gets drunk and goes to the Club Done to see Bill perform. While she is there, she sees Bill kiss June. Then, Bill moves out of their house and although he refuses to talk to Ann, he will not renew his romance with June. Rejected, June goes to Bill's new apartment and drinks until she falls in a drunken stupor. When Bill returns to his apartment, he finds June strangled to death on her necklace, which was caught in her fall. Bill is put on trial for June's death and refuses Ann's offer to defend him. At the trial, Bill's attorney, Mr. Harper, fails in his re-enactment of the ... +


Former college football hero and glee club member William Hayward works as an architect in New York City. Bill's wife, Ann Adams, is an attorney who is on her way up, and when she wins a big case for her firm, she is promoted to junior partner. Bill, who has not experienced notoriety since his college days, is jealous of Ann's success. One night at a party, Bill realizes he cannot afford the stakes in a card game, and leaves to see two college friends, George Martin and June Lane, perform at a nightclub. George is a magician and June is Bill's old sweetheart. Then, Ann is sent to Washington D.C. for two weeks, and in her rush to leave, she neglects to pay their housekeepers. Bill does not have the money to pay the housekeepers himself and quits his job to take advantage of George's offer to perform at the nightclub. When Ann learns what Bill has done, she gets drunk and goes to the Club Done to see Bill perform. While she is there, she sees Bill kiss June. Then, Bill moves out of their house and although he refuses to talk to Ann, he will not renew his romance with June. Rejected, June goes to Bill's new apartment and drinks until she falls in a drunken stupor. When Bill returns to his apartment, he finds June strangled to death on her necklace, which was caught in her fall. Bill is put on trial for June's death and refuses Ann's offer to defend him. At the trial, Bill's attorney, Mr. Harper, fails in his re-enactment of the accident, which causes his defense to falter. Then, the prosecutor claims Ann worked to support Bill, which causes her to address the jury and denounce herself. Ann's actions help Bill obtain an acquittal and afterwards, Bill returns to performing as Ann watches appreciatively. +

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