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Lady in the Dark (1944)

Approved | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 10 February 1944 (USA)
Liza Elliott, "Allure" magazines editor-in-chief, suffers from headaches and continuous daydreams and undergoes psychoanalysis to determine why.

Director:

Mitchell Leisen

Writers:

Frances Goodrich (screen play), Albert Hackett (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 3 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ginger Rogers ... Liza Elliott
Ray Milland ... Charley Johnson
Warner Baxter ... Kendall Nesbitt
Jon Hall ... Randy Curtis
Barry Sullivan ... Dr. Brooks
Mischa Auer ... Russell Paxton
Phyllis Brooks ... Allison DuBois
Mary Philips ... Maggie Grant
Edward Fielding ... Dr. Carlton
Don Loper Don Loper ... Adams
Mary Parker ... Miss Parker
Catherine Craig ... Miss Foster
Marietta Canty ... Martha
Virginia Farmer ... Miss Edwards
Fay Helm ... Miss Bowers
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Storyline

Liza Elliott, "Allure" magazines editor-in-chief, suffers from headaches and continuous daydreams and undergoes psychoanalysis to determine why.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The minx in mink with a yen for men!

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 February 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mulher que não Sabia Amar See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Studio costume departments maintained a fur vault providing fur pelts for coats and costume trimming. The floor length mink skirt for Ginger Rogers used mink pelts from this vault. The original mink skirt was too heavy to wear. Barbara "Madam" Karinska was asked to rebuild the skirt. Karinska built a wire hoop covered with a fine netting, hanging and spacing the mink pelts apart from each other; supported by net, reducing the number of mink pelts on the skirt's total weight, allowing the skirt's flexibility on the actress' body during the dance sequence. See more »

Quotes

Russell Paxton: "This is the end! The absolute end!"
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Soundtracks

Dance of the Tumblers
Music by Kurt Weill
Lyrics by Ira Gershwin
Performed by Mischa Auer and Chorus
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Colourful Lady gets out of the dark?
6 December 2008 | by allans-7See all my reviews

I found this to be moderately enjoyable and much smoother than I was expecting, after reading of all the problems in making it and the cutting of musical numbers from the original score. Would love to see it as was originally intended (in a restored DVD version).

The psychoanalysis as it unfolds is interesting and makes sense, except to the point of the woman needing to be dominated by the man. I don't know if this was dictated by the culture of the time, but all that was really needed was for Liza to know she needed to give time to gaining fulfillment in a relationship (without the aspect of dominance) and not be so driven work wise (her substitute), and it would have come out without the nasty taste it leaves now (in regards to this aspect of the film).

Director Mitchell Leisen dealt with this sort of theme also (without the psychoanalysis) in Take a Letter Darling which was funnier and sharper, and without the need for the man to have to dominate the woman.

Some of the visual imagery in the dream sequences is a lot of fun and apparently a lot of care was put into their production.

As well the movie seems like it is a 50s product but that could just be the colour.


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