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Lady Be Good
Director: Richard Wallace (Dir)
Release Date:   6 May 1928
Duration (in mins):   69
Duration (in feet):   ca 6,600
Duration (in reels):   7
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Cast:   Jack Mulhall (Jack)  
    Dorothy Mackaill (Mary)  
    John Miljan (Murray)  
    Nita Martan (Madison)  
    Dot Farley (Texas West)  
    James Finlayson (Trelawney West)  
    Aggie Herring (Landlady)  
    Jay Eaton    
    Eddie Clayton (Dancers)  
    Yola d'Avril (Assistant)  

Summary: Jack and Mary, two vaudeville magicians engaged to marry, quarrel and separate. Mary becomes the temporary partner of a dancing artist, but she soon leaves him because of his improper advances. Stranded in a small western town near where Jack is playing, Mary goes to the theater and discovers that he is faring badly in her absence. Secretly she replaces Jack's assistant; he welcomes Mary with enthusiasm, and they happily reunite. 

Production Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Distribution Company: First National Pictures, Inc.  
Director: Richard Wallace (Dir)
Producer: Charles R. Rogers (Prod)
Writer: Adelaide Heilbron (Scen)
  Jack Wagner (Scen)
  Gene Towne (Titles)
  Sidney Lazarus (Titles)
Photography: George Folsey (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Stuart Heisler (Film ed)
Country: United States
Language: English

Music:
Songs:
Source Text: Based on the play Lady Be Good , book by Guy Bolton and Fred Thompson, music by George Gershwin, lyrics by Ira Gershwin (New York, 1 Dec 1924).
Authors: Ira Gershwin
  George Gershwin
  Fred Thompson
  Guy Bolton

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
First National Pictures, Inc. 24/4/1928 dd/mm/yyyy LP25188

Physical Properties: Si:
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Genre: Romantic comedy
 
Subjects (Major): Dancers
  Magicians
  Theater
  Vaudeville

Note: The 1941 M-G-M musical film Lady Be Good (see entry below), which was directed by Norman Z. McLeod and starred Eleanor Powell, Ann Sothern and Robert Young, included songs from the 1924 Broadway musical upon which the 1928 film was based but had a different storyline. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   3 Jun 1928.   
New York Times   28 May 1928   p. 23.
Variety   30 May 1928   p. 14.

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