Ladies in Love
|Ladies in Love|
|Directed by||Edward H. Griffith|
|Produced by||Buddy G. DeSylva|
Darryl F. Zanuck
|Written by||Melville Baker|
Paul Gerard Smith
|Music by||David Buttolph|
Cyril J. Mockridge
|Edited by||Ralph Dietrich|
|Distributed by||Twentieth Century-Fox|
Ladies in Love (1936) is a romantic comedy film based upon the play by Leslie Bush-Fekete. It was directed by Edward H. Griffith and stars Janet Gaynor, Constance Bennett and Loretta Young. The film revolves around three roommates (Gaynor, Bennett, and Young) in exotic Budapest and their comical romantic adventures. Gaynor, Bennett, and Young were billed above the title, with Gaynor receiving top billing. The movie also featured Simone Simon, Don Ameche, Paul Lukas, and Tyrone Power.
Supporting player Simone Simon co-starred with James Stewart the following year in Seventh Heaven, a remake of the 1927 film of the same name, playing one of Janet Gaynor's greatest roles from the silent era.
Tyrone Power and Loretta Young made such an impact in this movie that they were quickly paired by the studio in several more films, including Love Is News (1937), Cafe Metropole (1937), Second Honeymoon (1937), and Suez (1938).
Constance Bennett is generally acknowledged by critics as having the best role in the film, but her career went into a steep decline within a few years. Top-billed Janet Gaynor elected to leave films a couple of years later while still at her height, shortly after A Star Is Born and The Young in Heart, in order to travel with her husband, Hollywood costume designer Adrian.
Three young women share the rent for a fashionable apartment in Budapest. Martha insists the other two follow a gypsy superstition when moving into a new place, counting the corners of a room and then making a wish: Susie wishes for a hat shop and to be independent of men, Yoli for a rich husband, and Martha for "the impossible", a good home, a man and children.
- Janet Gaynor as Martha Kerenye
- Constance Bennett as Yoli Haydn
- Loretta Young as Susie Schmidt
- Simone Simon as Marie Armand
- Don Ameche as Rudi Imre
- Paul Lukas as John Barta
- Tyrone Power as Karl Lanyi
- Alan Mowbray as Paul Sandor
- Wilfrid Lawson as Ben Horvath
- J. Edward Bromberg as Franz Brenner
- Virginia Field as Helena Grabitz