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When Ladies Meet (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 29 August 1941 (USA)
A successful novelist falls in love with her married publisher, to the consternation of her boyfriend, who arranges for her to meet the publisher's wife.

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Robert Z. Leonard

Writers:

S.K. Lauren (screenplay), Anita Loos (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Joan Crawford ... Mary Howard
Robert Taylor ... Jimmy Lee
Greer Garson ... Clare Woodruf
Herbert Marshall ... Rogers Woodruf
Spring Byington ... Bridget Drake
Rafael Alcayde ... Walter Del Canto (as Rafael Storm)
Mona Barrie ... Mabel Guiness
Max Willenz Max Willenz ... Pierre
Florence Shirley Florence Shirley ... Janet Hopper
Leslie Francis Leslie Francis ... Homer Hopper
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Mary, a writer working on a novel about a love triangle, is attracted to her publisher. Her suitor Jimmy is determined to break them up; he introduces Mary to the publisher's wife without telling Mary who she is. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Quotes

Bridget Drake: When's your book coming out, Mary?
Mary Howard: In a couple of months.
Walter Del Canto: What's it about?
Jimmy Lee: [interrupting as Mary is about to answer, with the description being like how Mary would like her life to be] Uh, it's about a girl - noble, fine, high principled - is'n love with a married man. Great love, the real thing! He goes for her like a steam roller. But does she try to back away from him? Not in the least. She goes for him... hook, line and sinker.
Walter Del Canto: And how does it end?
Jimmy Lee: She sinks!
Mary Howard: [glaring angrily at Jimmy] I'm working ...
[...]
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Soundtracks

I Love but Thee (Jeg elsker Dig!)
(1864) (uncredited)
Music by Edvard Grieg
Lyrics by Hans Christian Andersen
English lyricist unknown
Played on piano by Joan Crawford
Reprised on piano by Greer Garson and sung by her and Joan Crawford
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A Morality Tale
11 January 2014 | by judithh-1See all my reviews

"When Ladies Meet" is the story of a married couple, a lady author and a charming single journalist. Joan Crawford, the author, considers herself a "modern woman" freed from tiresome conventions and moral imperatives. Despite the movie's 1941 date, the author's relativistic attitude toward marriage and fidelity would be right at home in today's left-wing intellectual circles. Her gradual evolution towards a different attitude is the meat of the movie. Mirroring the situation in her book is the situation of the married couple, Greer Garson and Herbert Marshall. The fourth member of the group is Robert Taylor as a journalist whose surface gaiety hides a serious moral foundation.

The four actors make the movie much better than the script. Garson and Crawford strike sparks off each other in every scene they share. Herbert Marshall is suitably smooth and sleazy. But it's Robert Taylor in a role involving physical comedy whose work is the most impressive. As it turns out, he is the person most grounded in reality--and the hidden hand behind everything.

Everything has the expected MGM gloss--extravagant costumes, beautiful sets, excellent photography. Highly recommended.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 August 1941 (USA) See more »

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$1,830,000
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1.37 : 1
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