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The unlikely combination of John Wayne and Joan Blondell adds a bit of vinegar and spice to the so-so costume drama Lady for a Night. Blondell is cast as Jenny Blake, owner of the Memphis Belle-not a WW2 bomber, but a gambling ship moored just outside New Orleans. Jenny's partner and erstwhile suitor is local political boss Jack Morgan (Wayne). She loves Morgan, but decides to marry for money and prestige, and to that end weds "black sheep" socialite Alan Alderson (Ray Middleton). Her new in-laws are infuriated by this marriage of convenience, and do everything they can to ruin Jenny in the eyes of society. When Alderson dies suddenly, his vengeful mother Julia (Blanche Yurka) accuses Jenny of poisoning her husband. Throughout the subsequent trial and scandal, Morgan stands loyally by Jenny's side, convincing her at long last that he's been the "right man" for her all along. Hattie Noel, who two years earlier lost the role of Mammy in Blanche Yurka to Hattie McDaniel, essays a neat Mammy-like characterization as Jenny's all-knowing maidservant. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Joan Blondell
as Jenny Blake
John Wayne
as Jack Morgan
Philip Merivale
as Stephen Alderson
Ray Middleton
as Alan Alderson
Blanche Yurka
as Julia Alderson
Edith Barrett
as Katherine Alderson
Leonid Kinskey
as Boris
Hattie Noel
as Chloe
Montagu Love
as Judge
Carmel Myers
as Mayor's wife
Dorothy Burgess
as Flo
Guy Usher
as Governor
Ivan Miller
as Mayor
Patricia Knox
as Mabel
Lew Payton
as Napoleon
Marilyn Hare
as Mary Lou
Gertrude Astor
as Woman
Dudley Dickerson
Jack George
as Orchestra Leader
Dolores Gray
as Dolores
Betty Hill
as Governor's Daughter
Dewey Robinson
as Horse Dealer
Minerva Urecal
as Spinster
Pierre Watkin
as Prosecutor
Margaret Armstrong
as Governor's Wife
Dolores Gray
as Dolores
Pierre Watkin
as Prosecutor
Jack George
as Orchestra Leader
Dewey Robinson
as Horse Dealer
Minerva Urecal
as Spinster
Gertrude Astor
as Woman
Betty Hill
as Governor's Daughter

Crew

Leigh Jason
Director
Isabel Dawn
Screenwriter
Norbert F. Brodin
Cinematographer
David Buttolph
Composer (Music Score)
Cy Feuer
Musical Direction/Supervision
Murray Seldeen
Editor
Ernest Nims
Editor
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