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Vivacious Lady (RKO 1938, James Stewart, Ginger Rogers)

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In cute comedy Vivacious Lady James Stewart, a small-town botany teacher, and Ginger Rogers, a flashy New York nightclub singer, marry on a whim and return to his home to set up housekeeping.

They try to keep the wedding a secret from Stewart’s father (Coburn), a stuffy college president, and mother (Beulah Bondi), who is subject to phony heart palpitations. Culture-clash comedy follows. Director George Stevens provides Rogers’s natural comedic talent good support and her platinum beauty glows in every scene.

Academy Award Nominations: Best Cinematography; Best Sound.

production details
USA | RKO | 90 minutes | 1938
Director: George Stevens
Script: P.J. Wolfson, Ernest Pagano, I.A.R. Wylie,

cast
Hattie McDaniel as Hattie – Maid at Prom Dance (uncredited)
Willie Best as Train Porter
Grady Sutton as Culpepper – Teaching Assistant
Charles Coburn as Peter Morgan Sr.
James Ellison as Keith Morgan
Phyllis Kennedy as Jenny
Ginger Rogers as Francey
Franklin Pangborn as Apt. Manager
Spencer Charters as Man Shaving on Train (uncredited)
James Stewart as Prof. Peter Morgan Jr.
Beulah Bondi as Mrs. Martha Morgan
Frances Mercer as Helen
Jack Carson as Charlie – Waiter Captain
Phyllis Fraser as Minor Role (uncredited)
Lloyd Ingraham as Mr. Noble – Library Committee Member (uncredited)

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