Review: ‘The Lady Is Willing’

The Lady Is Willing is a racy and sophisticated marital comedy that carries a good share of amusement for adult audiences.

The Lady Is Willing is a racy and sophisticated marital comedy that carries a good share of amusement for adult audiences.

Picture carries light and breezy tempo in the first portion, with adoration of cute baby as motivating factor in holding interest. An inconclusive finish, with the oldy situation of an emergency operation necessary to save the child’s life, and the pendulum-swinging prob- lem of life-and-death crisis, allows the tale to sluff off with elemental formula convenience.

Familiar banter is apparent throughout. Despite this, strong performances by both principals succeed in holding up interest until the tale swings into heart-tug cliches. The baby’s crisis is too extended and not handled in manner to hold audience attention on the dramatic elements attempted.

The Lady Is Willing

Production

Columbia/Feldman Group. Director Mitchell Leisen; Producer Charles K. Feldman; Screenplay James Edward Grant, Albert McCleery; Camera Ted Tetzlaff; Editor Eda Warren; Music W. Frank Harling

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1942. Running time: 93 MIN.

With

Marlene Dietrich Fred MacMurray Aline MacMahon Arline Judge Stanley Ridges Roger Clark
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