The Lady Escapes


1h 3m 1937

Brief Synopsis

A couple who are always quarreling split up temporarily while she goes to France and teams up with a playboy who's being sued for breach of promise.

Film Details

Also Known As
Escape from Love, Lady in Flight
Release Date
Jul 23, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Los Angeles--Franklyn Canyon, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the Hungarian novel Az Én Második Feleségen by Eugene Heltai (1907) and his play Édes Teher adapted from the novel (production undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,560ft (6 reels)

Synopsis

Prominent New York attorney Michael Hilton is exasperated with the numerous wedding rehearsals his bride-to-be, Linda Ryan, and her thrice-divorced mother, Fanny Ryan Worthington, insist on because of changes in minor details. Michael convinces the judge, an old friend, to marry them in the next rehearsal, and Linda is pleasantly surprised, although Fanny faints. On the night of their first anniversary, after one of their frequent arguments, Michael suggests a divorce, and when Linda replies that she could not live alone, Michael offers to find a new husband for her. Although their argument ends in a kiss, over the next few weeks, they become an item in Walter Winchell's column, as they frequent a football game, wrestling match and clubs, while Michael ostensibly searches for a husband. When Linda tries to pique his jealousy over her tango teacher, they get into another row, and she threatens to go home to her mother. Michael then suggests that Linda go to France. He drives her to the dock, where she stumbles into the arms of French playboy and playwright Rene Blanchard, and a photograph is snapped of the two of them. The next day, Michael gets a call from Blanchard's fiancée Dolores, a dancer who was Michael's former client, and she asks him to represent her in a suit against Blanchard. After he realizes that the woman in the newspaper photo is his wife, Michael convinces Dolores to accompany him and his cousin, Reggie Farnworth, to France to stop Dolores from creating a scandal. Reggie, who is waiting for his ninety-five-year-old uncle George to die so that he can become an earl, and Dolores go to Paris, while Michael continues to Cannes, where Blanchard and Linda have gone. Trying to make Michael jealous, Linda tells him that she has fallen madly in love with Blanchard. Michael, whom Linda introduces to Blanchard as her lawyer, joins them in all their activities during the next few days, but she manages to give him the slip for the following three days. Fed up, Michael asks Linda to go back with him to New York, but she refuses; however, she secretly has the hotel clerk book her a reservation on the express train to Paris next to Michael. Before leaving, Michael challenges Blanchard to a fight, and even though Blanchard is a champion of kick-boxing, Michael beats him. Linda is happily surprised to find Blanchard unconscious, and as she is bending over him administering smelling salts, Dolores, who has learned that Michael was stalling her, arrives with reporters and photographers. Linda runs to Michael's room, where Michael is packing. He acts like he wants to leave alone, but when Dolores and the reporters enter, he announces that Linda is his wife and that they are vacationing as Blanchard's guests. He convinces Dolores to go along with the story for the publicity, and he and Linda take the train to the docks at Paris, where he says that he is going to China. After Fanny appears with a new husband, Reggie's uncle George, Linda joins Michael, and they embrace on the boat.

Film Details

Also Known As
Escape from Love, Lady in Flight
Release Date
Jul 23, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Distribution Company
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Country
United States
Location
Los Angeles--Franklyn Canyon, California, United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the Hungarian novel Az Én Második Feleségen by Eugene Heltai (1907) and his play Édes Teher adapted from the novel (production undetermined).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
5,560ft (6 reels)

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Notes

The working titles of this film were Escape from Love and Lady in Flight. While the screen credits state that the film was based on Heltai's novel and play, information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department in the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library note that the film was also based on the screenplay to an earlier Fox production, the 1935 Señora casada necesita marido, which, in turn, was based on the works by Heltai. The screenplay of the earlier Fox film was written by José López Rubio. According to Hollywood Reporter, this was Leslie L. Landau's first producer assignment from Twentieth Century-Fox. According to the legal records, some scenes were shot at Franklin Canyon in Los Angeles, and Rafael Corio was originally signed to play the role of "Antonio." According to publicity for the film, during a fight scene with George Sanders, Michael Whalen fell and broke two fingers of his left hand. In the studio's trade advertising billing sheet, Michael Whalen is listed above Gloria Stuart. Variety called the film "one of those giddy romances currently in fashion."