Vivacious Lady

Vivacious Lady

George Stevens (1938)

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Professor James Stewart tries to tell his conservative dad, the wonderfully irascible Charles Coburn, that he has married showgirl Ginger Rogers in this sparkling screwball comedy, directed by the great George Stevens. It's a funny idea, and you don't really notice that it's a one-joke movie. Super character actors in support include Beulah Bondi, playing slightly against type as Stewart's mum, Franklin Pangborn and Grady Sutton, and, very early in their careers, lively Jack Carson and lovable Hattie McDaniel. It's not great, but it's very likeable and fast-paced.


A professor falls in love with a brash nightclub singer while on a trip to New York, and impulsively marries her. However, he is afraid his conservative family will not approve of his new wife, so tries to keep the relationship a secret from them. Romantic comedy, with Ginger Rogers and James Stewart.

Cast & Crew

Frances Brent Ginger Rogers
Peter Morgan James Stewart
Keith Beston James Ellison
Doctor Morgan Charles Coburn
Mrs Morgan Beulah Bondi
Helen Frances Mercer
Jenny Phyllis Kennedy
Joseph Alec Craig
Apartment manager Franklin Pangborn
Culpepper Grady Sutton
Hattie, the maid Hattie McDaniel
Charlie, the waiter captain Jack Carson
Director George Stevens
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD