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Ex-Lady (1933)





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In this romantic sex-comedy from director Robert Florey, Bette Davis stars as Helen Bauer, a free-spirited, self-sufficient feminist who would rather pursue her career as a graphic artist than settle down and marry Don Peterson (Gene Raymond), the advertising writer she loves, out of fear that marriage will destroy the romance. Eventually, Don wears Helen down and the couple marry. But when the flame quickly burns out, Don begins an affair with a female client. Not to be outdone and without missing a beat, Helen takes up with Nick Malvyn (Monroe Owsley), another ad writer, who by no coincidence also happens to be Don's biggest rival. In light of their respective bouts of infidelity, the couple must consider whether or not they want to give the marriage another shot.

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Bette Davis
as Helen Bauer
Gene Raymond
as Don Peterson
Monroe Owsley
as Nick Malvyn
Frank McHugh
as Hugo Van Hugh
Claire Dodd
as Iris Van Hugh
Kay Strozzi
as Peggy Smith
Alphonse Ethier
as Adolphe Bauer, Father
Ynez Veneracion
as Rhumba Dancer
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Bette had little regard for this early film, her first certified starring vehicle and she's right. Being a pre-code it's racier than pictures even two years later would be but other than that it's an ordinary, insipid drama. Raymond is terrible in the male lead. A scene from this was used in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? to show how untalented the adult Jane was and it was a solid choice since this is not one of Davis' better performances.

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