The Lady Is Willing (1942) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Lady Is Willing (1942)





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Mitchell Leisen directed this romantic comedy with melodramatic overtones, starring Marlene Dietrich in a sympathetic role as famed stage star Elizabeth Madden. Elizabeth longs for motherhood but has no husband. Her desire appears to be fulfilled when she finds an abandoned baby, but she doesn't have a clue on how to raise it. She finds divorced pediatrician, Dr. Corey McBain (Fred MacMurray), to help her with the child. Elizabeth names the child after him and makes Corey an offer. Since she's single, she cannot adopt the child. But if Corey would marry her in name only, she could be the adopted mother and Corey could stay in a section of her apartment where she would support his research. Corey agrees to the deal, but it's not too long before Corey and Elizabeth fall in love.


Marlene Dietrich
as Elizabeth Madden
Fred MacMurray
as Dr. Corey McBain
Stanley Ridges
as Kenneth Hanline
Arline Judge
as Frances
David James
as Baby Corey
Ruth Ford
as Myrtle
Sterling Holloway
as Arthur Miggle
Harvey Stephens
as Dr. Golding
Harry Shannon
as Detective Sergeant Barnes
Elisabeth Risdon
as Mrs. Cummings
Elizabeth Risdon
as Mrs. Cummings
Charles Lane
as K.K. Miller
Murray Alper
as Joe Quig
Kitty Kelly
as Nellie Quig
Chester Clute
as Income Tax Man
Robert Emmett Keane
as Hotel Manager
Eugene Borden
as Wine Steward
Judith Linden
as Airline Stewardess
Helen Ainsworth
as Interior Decorator
Lou Fulton
as Mop Man
William Newell
as Counter Man
Charles Halton
as Dr. Jones
Edward McWade
as Boston Doorman
Paul Oman
as Violinist
Pedro de Cordoba
as Detective Sergeant Barnes
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Critic Reviews for The Lady Is Willing

All Critics (2)

A comedy full of charm, featuring Marlene Dietrich with an exquisite delicateness and a certain naivety of good taste. [Full Review in Spanish]

September 19, 2019 | Full Review…

A tedious mixture of crass melodrama and heavy-handed comedy.

August 9, 2008 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Lady Is Willing


Engaging comedy with Fred and Marlene well matched and looking glamorous. As is usual Marlene is gowned in one eye popping creation after another. The picture takes an unnecessary detour into melodrama towards the end but snaps out of it for the proper ending. A cute and frothy film with Aline MacMahon contributing a fun performance as Marlene's right hand woman.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Marlene Dietrich is the 'ditsy' actress who swipes (kidnaps) an abandoned infant only to discover that she can't keep the baby unless she's married. In walks a handsome pediatrician [Fred MacMurray] and soon a plan is conceived that involves a marriage of convenience and a few hundred white rabbits.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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