When Ladies Meet (1933)

73 or 85 mins | Comedy-drama | 23 June 1933

Cinematographer:

Ray June

Editor:

Hugh Wynn

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

FD lists Basil Wrangell as the film's editor, but this credit is probably an error. The film received a "Best Art Direction" Academy Award nomination at the 1932-33 ceremonies. The title on the viewed print of this film was Strange Skirts . In 1941, Robert Z. Leonard directed Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor and Greer Garson in an M-G-M remake of Rachel Crothers' story. Apparently M-G-M changed the title of the 1933 film to Strange Skirts to avoid confusion with its own remake. On 11 Jun 1952, a third version of Crothers' play, directed by Alex Segal and starring Patricia Morison and Richard Carlson, was broadcast on the ABC television ... More Less

FD lists Basil Wrangell as the film's editor, but this credit is probably an error. The film received a "Best Art Direction" Academy Award nomination at the 1932-33 ceremonies. The title on the viewed print of this film was Strange Skirts . In 1941, Robert Z. Leonard directed Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor and Greer Garson in an M-G-M remake of Rachel Crothers' story. Apparently M-G-M changed the title of the 1933 film to Strange Skirts to avoid confusion with its own remake. On 11 Jun 1952, a third version of Crothers' play, directed by Alex Segal and starring Patricia Morison and Richard Carlson, was broadcast on the ABC television network. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
24 Jun 33
p. 7.
HF
25 Mar 33
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
19 May 33
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
8 May 33
p. 3.
International Photographer
1 Apr 33
p. 21.
International Photographer
1 May 33
p. 24.
Motion Picture Daily
24 Jun 33
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
3 Jun 33
p. 36.
New York Times
24 Jun 33
p. 16.
Variety
27 Jun 33
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Cosmopolitan Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dir of retakes
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
2d cam
Asst cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Int dec
COSTUMES
Gowns
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play When Ladies Meet by Rachel Crothers (New York, 6 Oct 1932), as produced by John Golden, Inc.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Strange Skirts
Release Date:
23 June 1933
Production Date:
began late March 1933
Copyright Claimant:
Metro Goldwyn Mayer Corp.
Copyright Date:
9 June 1933
Copyright Number:
LP3981
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
73 or 85
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Young New York reporter Jimmie Lee proposes marriage to Mary Howard, a successful novelist whom he has long loved, but is refused. Suspicious that she is becoming involved with her married publisher, Rogers Woodruf, Jimmie tells Mary that the ending of her latest book, in which a mistress confronts her lover's devoted wife and receives her blessing, is unbelievable. Mary dismisses Jimmie's complaints, however, and quietly arranges with her best friend, widow Bridget Drake, to spend the weekend in the country with Woodruf. After Jimmie deduces Mary and Bridget's plans, he offers to introduce Woodruf to a famous, elusive writer, whose books Woodruf desperately wants to publish, during the weekend. Later, Jimmie interrupts an intimate moment between Woodruf and Mary when he climbs Mary's balcony and drunkenly calls to her. Still conniving, Jimmie plays a game of golf in the country with Woodruf's wife Clare and, confident that Woodruf already has left for Bridget's retreat, telephones his publishing company and states that if Woodruf wants to meet with the famous author he must do so immediately as he is about to leave New York. While Woodruf scurries back to the city, Jimmie tells Clare about his ill-fated romance and asks her to pretend to be his "date" in order to make Mary jealous. Amused, the oblivious Clare agrees to the sham and introduces herself to Mary, Bridget and her gigolo boyfriend, Walter Manners, as "Mrs. Clare," Jimmie's "cousin." As hoped, Mary and Clare immediately take to each other and, while a storm rages outside, exchange thoughts about life, love and the ending to Mary's novel. At first, Clare confirms Mary's conjectures that a loving wife ... +


Young New York reporter Jimmie Lee proposes marriage to Mary Howard, a successful novelist whom he has long loved, but is refused. Suspicious that she is becoming involved with her married publisher, Rogers Woodruf, Jimmie tells Mary that the ending of her latest book, in which a mistress confronts her lover's devoted wife and receives her blessing, is unbelievable. Mary dismisses Jimmie's complaints, however, and quietly arranges with her best friend, widow Bridget Drake, to spend the weekend in the country with Woodruf. After Jimmie deduces Mary and Bridget's plans, he offers to introduce Woodruf to a famous, elusive writer, whose books Woodruf desperately wants to publish, during the weekend. Later, Jimmie interrupts an intimate moment between Woodruf and Mary when he climbs Mary's balcony and drunkenly calls to her. Still conniving, Jimmie plays a game of golf in the country with Woodruf's wife Clare and, confident that Woodruf already has left for Bridget's retreat, telephones his publishing company and states that if Woodruf wants to meet with the famous author he must do so immediately as he is about to leave New York. While Woodruf scurries back to the city, Jimmie tells Clare about his ill-fated romance and asks her to pretend to be his "date" in order to make Mary jealous. Amused, the oblivious Clare agrees to the sham and introduces herself to Mary, Bridget and her gigolo boyfriend, Walter Manners, as "Mrs. Clare," Jimmie's "cousin." As hoped, Mary and Clare immediately take to each other and, while a storm rages outside, exchange thoughts about life, love and the ending to Mary's novel. At first, Clare confirms Mary's conjectures that a loving wife could give up her husband if she were convinced that he would be happier with another woman. Later, as the two women talk in Mary's bedroom, Clare reveals that for years she has been aware of her own husband's affairs and senses that he is yet again involved with another woman. Clare then confesses that if this woman were to ask her what Mary's protaganist asks of the wife in Mary's novel, she would wish the woman dead and hang on to her husband at all costs. At that moment, Woodruf bursts into the bedroom calling to Mary, and his relationship to both Mary and Clare is revealed. Stricken, Clare asks Woodruf to choose between the two of them, but a chagrined Woodruf refuses to comply. In disgust, Clare tells Mary that she is willing to give up Woodruf after all and prepares to leave the house. Later, Woodruf confesses to Mary that his intentions toward her are not as serious as she has perceived them and tries to make up with his wife. After Clare tells Woodruf that she no longer loves him and leaves, Jimmie counsels his rival to go after his wife and find a way back into her heart. Then, while a bemused Bridget tries to make sense of the evening's goings-on, Jimmie consoles a heartbroken but wiser Mary with his love-filled jokes. +

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Offscreen Credit
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AFI Life Achievement Award

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