A Lady to Love (1930)

99 mins | Romance | 8 March 1930

Director:

Victor Seastrom

Writer:

Sidney Howard

Producer:

Victor Seastrom

Cinematographer:

Merritt Gerstad

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The 4 Jan 1930 Exhibitors Herald-World announced that the production starting date was 4 Nov 1929. The working title at that time was Sunkissed.
       Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer also produced a German-language version of this film, Die Sehnsucht Jeder Frau. Vilma Banky appeared "by arrangement with Samuel Goldwyn." An earlier adaptation of Sidney Howard's play was released in 1928 as The Secret Hour and starred Pola Negri and Jean Hersholt under Rowland V. Lee's direction. It was remade in 1940 as They Knew What They Wanted starring Carole Lombard and Charles Laughton, directed by Garson Kanin (see entries below). The 1956 Broadway musical, The Most Happy Fella was also based on Howard's play. ...

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The 4 Jan 1930 Exhibitors Herald-World announced that the production starting date was 4 Nov 1929. The working title at that time was Sunkissed.
       Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer also produced a German-language version of this film, Die Sehnsucht Jeder Frau. Vilma Banky appeared "by arrangement with Samuel Goldwyn." An earlier adaptation of Sidney Howard's play was released in 1928 as The Secret Hour and starred Pola Negri and Jean Hersholt under Rowland V. Lee's direction. It was remade in 1940 as They Knew What They Wanted starring Carole Lombard and Charles Laughton, directed by Garson Kanin (see entries below). The 1956 Broadway musical, The Most Happy Fella was also based on Howard's play.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
4 Jan 1930
p. 59
Exhibitors Herald-World
8 Mar 1930
p. 40
Film Daily
2 Mar 1930
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New York Times
1 Mar 1930
p. 23
New Yorker
8 May 1930
p. 91
Variety
5 Mar 1930
p. 21
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Victor Seastrom Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
PHOTOGRAPHY
Merritt B. Gerstad
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
COSTUMES
Gowns
SOUND
J. K. Brock
Rec eng
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play They Knew What They Wanted by Sidney Howard (New York, 24 Nov 1924).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Die Sehnsucht Jeder Frau
Sunkissed
Release Date:
8 March 1930
Premiere Information:
New York premiere: 28 Feb 1930
Production Date:
began 4 Nov 1929
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
10 March 1930
LP1138
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
99
Length(in feet):
8,898
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Tony, a prosperous Italian vineyardist in California, advertises for a young wife, passing off a photograph of his handsome hired man, Buck, as himself. Lena, a San Francisco waitress, takes up the offer, and though she is disillusioned upon discovering the truth, she goes through with the marriage because of her desire to have a home and partially because of her weakness for Buck, whose efforts to take her away from Tony confirm her love for her ...

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Tony, a prosperous Italian vineyardist in California, advertises for a young wife, passing off a photograph of his handsome hired man, Buck, as himself. Lena, a San Francisco waitress, takes up the offer, and though she is disillusioned upon discovering the truth, she goes through with the marriage because of her desire to have a home and partially because of her weakness for Buck, whose efforts to take her away from Tony confirm her love for her husband.

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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