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Ladies in Love(1936)

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End credits were missing in the print viewed. The working title of this film was Three Girls. While the screen credits state that the film was "based on the play by Ladislaus Bus-Fekete" and Hollywood Reporter production charts state that the film was based on Bus-Fekete's play Three Girls, a December 1935 Hollywood Reporter news item states that the studio just purchased Ladies in Love, "a novel by Stanislaus [sic] Bus Fekete that is going to be published in England next year." The novel was published in New York in 1937 in a translation from the Hungarian by Victor Katona and Guy Bolton. According to a Hollywood Reporter news item, writer Melville Baker received a three-year contract from the studio as the result of his work on this film. Brian Donlevy is listed as a cast member in early Hollywood Reporter production charts. Most likely, he was cast in the role of "Sndor," as midway through the production, Alan Mowbray's listing replaced Donlevy's. This was Constance Bennett's first American film since After Office Hours which was released early in 1935. Earlier in 1936, she appeared in the British film Everything Is Thunder. Some contemporary sources commented on the rivalry that existed between the leading actresses on the set of this film. A New York Times news item stated, "Fox is having its share of woe with Ladies in Love, in which Constance Bennett, Loretta Young, Janet Gaynor and Simone Simon are appearing. Each of the young ladies is known for being temperamental and diplomacy has been called into use more than once." Variety commented, "the story will appeal almost exclusively to the women." Modern sources list the following additional cast credits: Lynn Bari (Clerk), Paul Weigel (Waiter), Tony Merlo (Assistant stage manager), Paul McVey (Actor), Maxine Elliott Hicks (Girl in audience), Edward Peil, Jr. (Boy in audience), Hector Sarno (Turkish waiter), Helen Dickson and Monty Woolley (Man in box seat), in what May have been his first screen role.