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This decorous if provocatively titled meeting of two songbirds stars Metropolitan Opera soprano Grace Moore (The Tennessee Nightingale) in her film debut portraying legendary 19th-century diva Jenny Lind (The Swedish Nightingale). A Ladys Morals is a prime example of highbrow-meets-hokum fluff from the early sound era. Bringing Moores vibrant voice and charming poise to the screen was an ambitious attempt to launch a new film star and give the new audio technology an exciting workout. The Irving Thalberg production directed by Sidney Franklin is worth the gamble alone for Moores elegant, clarion-toned Donizetti and Bellini arias. If the plots fictions (swoony composer Reginald Denny faces blindness as a result of his infatuation) creak, its one biographical nod -- Linds intersection with showman P.T. Barnum -- hits a high note when Wallace Beery barnstorms in near the end. Not a success in its day, this pleasant curio is a harbinger of the acclaim that a switch of studios (plus an Oscar nomination for One Night of Love) brought Moore three years later.
RunTime: 87 MINUTES
Actors: Grace Moore; Reginald Denny; Wallace Beery; Jobyna Howland; Gus Shy; Gilbert Emery; George F. Marion; Paul Porcasi; Giovanni Martino; Bodil Rosing; Joan Standing; Mavis Villiers; Judith Vosselli
Writer: Hanns Kraly; Claudine West; John Meehan; Arthur Richman; Dorothy Farnum
Director: Sidney Franklin
Genre: Biography; Romance; Drama
AspectRatio: 4 X 3 FULL FRAME, ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO - 1.37:1
Audio: MONO - English