Lady with Red Hair (1940)

78 mins | Drama | 30 November 1940

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HISTORY

The onscreen credits note that this film was based on the memoires of Mrs. Leslie Carter. According to a news item in HR, Lou Payne, Caroline Carter's husband in real life, coached Richard Ainley in his role. Lady with Red Hair marked the motion picture debut of actor Cornel Wilde (1915-1989). ...

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The onscreen credits note that this film was based on the memoires of Mrs. Leslie Carter. According to a news item in HR, Lou Payne, Caroline Carter's husband in real life, coached Richard Ainley in his role. Lady with Red Hair marked the motion picture debut of actor Cornel Wilde (1915-1989).

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 Nov 1940
p. 3
Film Daily
22 Nov 1940
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
26 Aug 1940
p. 7
Hollywood Reporter
27 Aug 1940
p. 6
Hollywood Reporter
11 Oct 1940
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
12 Nov 1940
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
18 Nov 1940
p. 4
Motion Picture Herald
16 Nov 1940
p. 41
New York Times
6 Dec 1940
p. 28
Variety
13 Nov 1940
p. 16
DETAILS
Release Date:
30 November 1940
Production Date:
26 Aug--10 Oct 1940
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
30 November 1940
LP10083
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
78
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
6636
SYNOPSIS

In 1889, in Chicago, Mrs. Caroline Carter is victimized by her socialite husband's sensational divorce proceedings, and as a result, loses custody of her young son Dudley. Determined to acquire wealth and fame so that she can finance a legal battle to win back her son, Caroline goes to New York to become an actress. After renting a room in a theatrical boardinghouse owned by Mrs. Frazier, Caroline takes a letter of introduction to theatrical producer David Belasco who promises to write her a play in order to get rid of her. As the months pass, however, Caroline becomes impatient and stalks Belasco, impressing him with her fiery determination. Belasco works hard to make her an actress, but when the show flops, Caroline decides to marry Lou Payne, an actor from the boardinghouse who has fallen in love with her, and work in stock. The egostical Belasco, loath to admit failure, convinces her to postpone her marriage and rehearse for another play, which scores a year's run on Broadway. Returning to Chicago for a performance, Caroline realizes that her son is lost to her forever. After her European and American triumphs, Caroline tires of a life consumed by the theater and leaves Belasco to seek out and marry Payne. Infuriated, Belasco refuses to work with Caroline, who then determines to become a success on her own. After spending her fortune on a series of failed productions, Caroline loses her confidence and becomes convinced that she cannot act without Belasco. Payne persuades the producer to return to direct his former star,and when the play becomes a success, producer and actress are ...

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In 1889, in Chicago, Mrs. Caroline Carter is victimized by her socialite husband's sensational divorce proceedings, and as a result, loses custody of her young son Dudley. Determined to acquire wealth and fame so that she can finance a legal battle to win back her son, Caroline goes to New York to become an actress. After renting a room in a theatrical boardinghouse owned by Mrs. Frazier, Caroline takes a letter of introduction to theatrical producer David Belasco who promises to write her a play in order to get rid of her. As the months pass, however, Caroline becomes impatient and stalks Belasco, impressing him with her fiery determination. Belasco works hard to make her an actress, but when the show flops, Caroline decides to marry Lou Payne, an actor from the boardinghouse who has fallen in love with her, and work in stock. The egostical Belasco, loath to admit failure, convinces her to postpone her marriage and rehearse for another play, which scores a year's run on Broadway. Returning to Chicago for a performance, Caroline realizes that her son is lost to her forever. After her European and American triumphs, Caroline tires of a life consumed by the theater and leaves Belasco to seek out and marry Payne. Infuriated, Belasco refuses to work with Caroline, who then determines to become a success on her own. After spending her fortune on a series of failed productions, Caroline loses her confidence and becomes convinced that she cannot act without Belasco. Payne persuades the producer to return to direct his former star,and when the play becomes a success, producer and actress are reunited.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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