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Lady by Choice

Lady by Choice(1934)

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Patsy Patterson, a drunken old woman, is arrested for taking part in a barroom brawl. While Patsy is waiting for her hearing, Judge Daly gives a suspended sentence to a fan dancer, Miss Alabam Lee, who is also known as Georgia. Patsy is sent to an old age home. Alabam's publicist, Front O'Malley, suggests that Alabam adopt Patsy as a publicity stunt. Alabam takes Patsy home with her, and taking her duties as Alabam's adopted mother seriously, Patsy soon discovers that O'Malley and Kandall, Alabam's accountant, are swindling her. Patsy sneaks out and wins $7,000 gambling, which she tells Alabam was a bequest from a relative. She then proves to Alabam that O'Malley and Kandall are crooks and takes over as her manager. Patsy uses her money to give Alabam dance, singing and elocution lessons and then has her audition with theatrical producer David Opper. When Alabam fares poorly at the audition, she returns home dejected and realizing she is broke, makes a play for Patsy's friend, attorney Johnny Mills. Johnny's father, who was in love with Patsy, asked Johnny to take care of her after his death. When Patsy sees that Alabam is after Johnny for his money, the two women quarrel. Johnny proposes to Alabam, but explains that because of his mother's opposition, he will be penniless if they marry. Judge Daly threatens to revoke Alabam's sentence if she marries Johnny and tells her of the harm her bad reputation will do to him. Defeated, Alabam returns to Kandall to join his latest revue and breaks her engagement to Johnny. When Patsy realizes that Alabam truly loves Johnny, she asks Daly to raid Kandall's nightclub. Alabam once again faces prison, but Daly gives her a choice: prison or marriage to Johnny, and the two lovers are reunited.