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First Lady(1937)

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  • friendships & politics &old political scandals...

    • Colin
    • 10/10/18

    This contemporary broad way entity,had been written by George S.Kaufman & Katherine Dayton,had been fairly popular.It was loosely based upon a former president's daughter Alice Roosevelt.Her father Teddy Roosevelt had been a Republican some time before the (then) siting Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt,her cousin.Alice,no political fan of him,more so,let it be known.As a contemporary sophisticated comedy,this flick should have been perfect for Kay Francis (as Lucy),a high brow socialite married to a presidential contending secretary of state (Stephen Wayne),as played by the always excellent Preston Foster.The rest of the cast was also very good,who included the likes of Anita Louise,Walter Connolly,Victor Jory,Henry O'Neal,Lucile Gleason,Grant Mitchell,& among others,Verree Teasdale (as Irene).Some how,the screenplay by Rowland Leigh can not be lifted by Kay,with director Stanley Logan not realizing he had to add some sparks to a dull script.Or perhaps his editor.Ralph Dawson was a fault?The only interesting standout of this wasted script was Verree Teasdale,who as the nasty &plotting Irene,actually steals the film!A rare loss for Kay!Later viewers of this flick will hardly find old jokes about 1937 Washington of interest,or sleep through them ,as original theater goers did?Not a bad flick,& a good excuse to look at Kay,& that's all,or enough?

  • first lady

    • kevin sellers
    • 5/11/18

    In response to previous reviewer Muriel's not being able to see anything amiss in Kay Francis' performance, let me paraphrase Bob Uecker in "Major League": Just a leeeeetle bit over the top!

  • Highly Recommended

    • MURIEL
    • 8/24/12

    This may not have been a success at the time, but I can't see anything really wrong with Kay Francis' performance. Lots of great dialogue and a stellar female ensemble. A great wardrobes!!

  • WONDERFUL COMEDY! THIS SHOULD BE ON DVD!!

    • Jane Carey
    • 3/4/08

    There are SO many wonderful old movies that have never been put on DVD and this is certainly one of them! All these great old movies will never be known by future generations if these studios don't start putting them on DVD. Kay Francis is wonderful in "First Lady". Please put this on DVD!!

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