To Oblige a Lady (1931)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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An Edgar Wallace story was at the base of this turgid British comedy-drama. Music-hall favorite Maisie Gay stars as a dimwitted cook who goes to work for young marrieds Warwick Ward and Mary Newcomb. Gay's ineptitude sabotages an important dinner party, very nearly losing Ward his cushy job. But our heroine makes up for past boo-boos by charming the couple's Very Wealthy Guest with a medley of musical numbers. A piquant example of the pitfalls of Britain's "quota-quickie" production policy, To Oblige a Lady was so bad that audiences went home whistling the scenery.

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