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The Lady is Willing

The Lady is Willing

The Lady is Willing

1942 / 92min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: MITCHELL LEISEN

CAST: MARLENE DIETRICH, FRED MACMURRAY, ALINE MACMAHON, STANLEY RIDGES

Leisen, considered a comic talent on-par with Lubitsch during the screwball era, lends characteristic sparkle to this mid-career attempt at reconfiguring Dietrich’s very 1930s star persona to fit the needs of the 1940s women’s picture; here she plays a glamor-gal diva whose life changes when she discovers a baby on Eighth Avenue and decides to adopt, passing through melodramatic coincidences and a vale of tears before falling into the arms of Fred MacMurray.

The Lady is Willing is part of the series Marlene