Lady Be Good (1928)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |  
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Unable to utilize the original George Gershwin score, this silent version of the Broadway musical Lady Be Good concentrates on the "book" by Guy Bolton and Fred Thompson, which in itself was pretty good. Vaudeville magicians Jack (Jack Mulhall) and Mary (Dorothy Mackaill) split up, whereupon Mary teams with dancer Murray (John Miljan). But when Murray tries to put the make on our heroine, she walks out on him, only to find herself stranded in a one-horse town. As luck would have it, Jack is doing his magic act at the local opry house, bombing disastrously before a spectacularly unenthusiastic audience. Mary secretly arranges to take the place of Jack's current partner. The act is a hit once more, prompting Jack to ask Mary to be his teammate again -- both onstage and off. Pickle-nosed James Finlayson of Laurel and Hardy fame has a funny part as an inveterate "radio bug."

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couple, dance [art], love, magic, marriage, partner, romance, town, vaudeville