Vivacious Lady DVD
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Directed by George Stevens
Produced in 1938
Main Language - English
Countries & Regions - American film
Stewart is the lovestruck professor to Rogers' nightclub chanteuse in this exuberant comedy from Hollywood's golden age. Their screen chemistry is palpable, says Alexander Ballinger.
Boffiny botany professor Peter Morgan (Stewart) seems a safe choice to extricate his wayward colleague from the temptations of the Big Apple and return him to staid academic life. However, once Stewart falls headlong in love with nightclub chanteuse Francey (Rogers) he travels home not just with his hung-over associate, but also a glamorous new wife. His troubles have only just begun as his possessive former fiancée (Frances Mercer) and his disapproving president-of-faculty father (Charles Coburn) are hell bent on preventing the couple’s happiness.
This is an exuberant comedy from Hollywood’s golden age and a high point in RKO’s history. Dependable director George Stevens had already partnered Rogers and Astaire in Swing Time, but this time round pairs his leading lady with Stewart to reveal the actors’ sublime comic skills, charm and palpable screen chemistry. Part engaging love story, part-bedroom farce, the antics of Rogers and Stewart expertly packaged by a trio of Hollywood’s best technicians – cinematographer De Grasse, art-director Polglase and costumier Irene – make for a delicious confection.
Alexander Ballinger on 21st July 2011
Author of 33 reviews
Bringing together two of Hollywood's best-loved stars, James Stewart and Ginger Rogers, Vivacious Lady is a genuine treat.
Dispatched to the big city to recover his wayward cousin, straight-laced botany professor Peter Morgan (Stewart) falls for night-club chanteuse Francey (Rogers,) and invites her to come home with him after they marry. However, back home in his quiet small town, the exuberant Francey causes quite a scene - and Peter gets cold feet about telling both his fiancee and his conservative father about his new arrangements!
Publisher: Odeon Entertainment
Length: 90 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Cat No: ODNF284
Format: DVD B&W