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When Ladies Meet (1933 film)

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When Ladies Meet
Directed byHarry Beaumont
Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited retakes)
Screenplay byLeon Gordon
John Meehan
Based onWhen Ladies Meet
1932 play
by Rachel Crothers
Produced byLawrence Weingarten (associate producer)
StarringAnn Harding
Robert Montgomery
Myrna Loy
Alice Brady
Frank Morgan
CinematographyRay June
Edited byHugh Wynn
Music byWilliam Axt
Distributed byLoew's Inc.
Release date
  • June 23, 1933 (1933-06-23)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

When Ladies Meet is a 1933 American pre-Code comedy film directed by Harry Beaumont and starring Ann Harding, Myrna Loy, Robert Montgomery, Alice Brady, and Frank Morgan. The film is the first adaptation of the 1932 Rachel Crothers play of the same name. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction by Cedric Gibbons.[1]

The film was remade under the same name in 1941, starring Greer Garson, Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor and Herbert Marshall in the lead roles played by Harding, Loy, Montgomery and Morgan.

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Mary (Myrna Loy), a writer working on a novel about a love triangle, is attracted to her publisher (Frank Morgan). Her suitor Jimmie (Robert Montgomery) is determined to break them up. He introduces Mary to the publisher's wife (Ann Harding) without telling Mary who she is.


Ann Harding had come to Hollywood in 1929, where she signed a well-paid contract with the film company Pathé Exchange, Inc. Within a few months, she had already become one of the top stars of talkies, eventually even being nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in Holiday in 1930. However, when Pathé was taken over by the newly founded company RKO Pictures at the end of 1930, her career began to decline rapidly. Constant arguments about suitable screenplays, wrong decisions and increasing internal competition from new stars like Katharine Hepburn and Irene Dunne led to an ongoing crisis. None of their films had made a profit since 1931. In late 1932, Harding signed a three-film contract with MGM hoping to find better scripts and more professional working conditions there.

The adaptation of When Ladies Meet was the first project to be tackled. The film is based on the play of the same name by Rachel Crothers, which had 173 performances on Broadway during the 1932-33 winter season, with Spring Byington playing the role of Bridget Drake, as in the film. MGM remade the story in 1941 as When Ladies Meet, this time starring Joan Crawford, Greer Garson, Robert Taylor and Herbert Marshall. The cast initially saw Kay Francis play Claire and Harding as Mary before Francis was replaced by Myrna Loy and Harding settled on the role of the long-suffering wife. Loy and Harding had worked together on The Animal Kingdom a year earlier. Myrna Loy later characterized her co-star as very well-mannered, but also reserved. There were never any personal discussions with Harding. This assessment was shared by many of Harding's colleagues.



  1. ^ "NY Times: When Ladies Meet". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-17. Retrieved 2008-12-07.

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