The Lady Is Willing (1942)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Romantic Comedy  |   Release Date - Feb 12, 1942 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 91 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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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.

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adoption, con/scam, romance, show-business, toddlers