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Lady For A Night

Lady For A Night

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Gambling boat operator Jenny Blake throws over her gambler beau Jack Morgan in order to marry into high society.

STARS: Joan Blondell, John Wayne, Philip Merivale

87 min | Drama | 1942 | Color


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Too much good to sum up in one title
Unusual roles for John Wayne and Joan Blondell, unusual setting, and unusual drama for Republic, and they all add up to a wonderful movie that offers lots of fun for us, the audience.
Blondell and Wayne make a strong pairing, something Hollywood should have considered before and again. Blondell was usually known for light, even fluffy characterizations but here she proves herself so much more: an actress. And Wayne, looking good in formal city-slicker attire, plays a character of politics and urban corruption (which, in fact, are so often the same thing) who still is essentially decent.
It's a familiar story in some ways, but it's familiar because it seems to happen enough in, as we laughingly call it, real life.
Wayne and Blondell should be enough for any movie, but they are backed up by a sterling, by an incredibly varied and tremendously talented cast, even including the amazing The Hall Johnson Choir, with some astonishing soloists.
Stealing every scene she's in is Hattie Noel. She just dominates every shot, with her skill at delivering her lines and an overwhelming personality -- and some brilliant and funny dialogue.
Despite his drunken character, Ray Middleton comes close to stealing his scenes, too. He endows his character with an undeniable and innate decency, despite the drunkenness.
Middleton doesn't sing in "Lady for a Night" although he was a trained singer with a beautiful voice, beautiful even in speaking.
Perhaps the climax is just what we expect, but it is also what we want. And the ending, the final scene, is also what we want.
Wayne again proves he is an actor capable of many different roles, and Blondell again is so adorable, and so beautiful, their presence alone would make any movie worth watching just for them, but "Lady for a Night" is well-nigh perfect for its entire cast and its excellent script.
I have no hesitation rating it a ten and recommending it highly.
It's available at YouTube.

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