Make Way for a Lady (1936)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Domestic Comedy  |   Release Date - Nov 13, 1936 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 65 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Anne Shirley is the teenaged "lady" in this filmization of Elizabeth Jordan's novel My Daddy and I. Shirley plays the daughter of widowed Herbert Marshall, who suffers in silence as his daughter tries to "match" him with every eligible woman in sight. Misinterpreting a delicate situation, Shirley attempts to link up Marshall with a woman (Margot Grahame) he actively dislikes. The highlight of the film is a ramshackle staging of "Romeo and Juliet" at Anne's high school, with the unflappable young girl contending with an adenoidal Romeo (Frank Coghlan Jr.) whose tights keep slipping as he struggles through his Shakespearian dialogue. The protagonist of Make Way for Lady was one of several teen ingenues played by former child actress Dawn O'Day under her new screen name of Anne Shirley.

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child, actor, daughter, death, father, girl, gossip, high-school, lady, love, matchmaker, mother, play [recreation], remarriage, romance, school, stage, struggle, suffering, wedding, widow/widower, wife, woman, youth