You've been my lawyer for quite some time now, Burton (Grant Mitchell). And during that time you've always known me to be a very conscientious and level headed lady.
So... let me get one thing straight. Are you seriously trying to tell me that I should pose as my sister? Clarice (Patricia Farr)! Especially since the silly cow has recently married some millionaire one dark and drunken night!
I mean, what would his two children think of this, eh? Despite not meeting their 'new Mum' yet, I bet you anything they won't like the look of me! Also, let's not forget about Clarice's first -- and currently legal -- husband? Michael (Joseph Schildkraut)! Cause I'm positive that money grabbing leach with defiantly see dollar sign's when he eventually discovers his wife has turned into a bigamist!
But then again, that's most probably why what next transpires all gets rather romantic, when I finally get a chance to meet my sisters second husband and say to him, 'Hello, Stephen Cormack (Neil Hamilton). Do you remember me? I'm your new wife. Paula (Sally Eilers)'. As love begins to fill the air - a sister's husband wants to have an affair - two children warm-up to their new Mum - and at the end of the day, a divorce gives passion a well placed kick up the bum.
To be completely honest with you, folks, I've never been a big fan of the 'romantic comedy' sub-genre of production. By in large I normally find this sort of 'formulaic narrative' fairly benign and lacklustre to follow. And occasionally I have been known to turn them off because they just aren't my own personal cup of tea. However, after I sat down and watched 'Lady Behave!' I may have to start rethinking my own preconceived perceptions.
Now on a conceptual level I'd say the basic premise was about a sister trying her best to help out her lush of a sibling, because she mistakenly married another man even though she's currently married to someone else. What's more, the helpful sister in question has to cope with two children who don't like her, plus her siblings gambling husband who wants to cash in on this dilemma.
OK. I know this may sound fairly formulaic and jovial on the surface. And I have to admit, there were a few occasions where I could second guess what was about to come up next. Yet apart from that minor gripe, all in all this was the sort of movie where the arch of each of the characters was fairly relatable in spite of its bumbling plot. For example, you couldn't help but care for Patricia's character because she wants to help out a member of her family. Plus to a certain extent you can say exactly the same thing about the millionaire's two children as well.
Heck, I go so far as to say that this was probably the only time in my life I wanted the guy and the girl to get together, cause everyone associated with this flick -- and I do mean everyone -- had that warm and congenial quality I truthfully love and adore.
Overall I'd say 'Lady Behave!' is a very refreshing and jovial take on the 'romantic comedy' sub-genre of film-making. And that's saying something, folks, especially since this well acted and well structured flick was made in 1937!
Now who say's you can't learn from something that has come out before? Hint-Hint Nuff said.
THE RATING: A-