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When Ladies Meet (1933)

Mary, a writer working on a novel about a love triangle, is attracted to her publisher. Her suitor Jimmy is determined to break them up; he introduces Mary to the publisher's wife without ... See full summary »


Harry Beaumont, Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited)


John Meehan (screen play), Leon Gordon (screen play) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ... Clare Woodruf
Robert Montgomery ... Jimmie Lee
Myrna Loy ... Mary Howard
Alice Brady ... Bridget Drake
Frank Morgan ... Rogers Woodruf
Martin Burton ... Walter Manners
Luis Alberni ... Pierre - the Servant


Mary, a writer working on a novel about a love triangle, is attracted to her publisher. Her suitor Jimmy is determined to break them up; he introduces Mary to the publisher's wife without telling Mary who she is. Written by Diana Hamilton <hamilton@gl.umbc.edu>

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Release Date:

23 June 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Rival da Esposa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Remade in 1941 with Joan Crawford as Mary, Greer Garson as Claire, and Robert Taylor as Jimmy. Interestingly, Spring Byington, who created the role of Bridget Drake in the original Broadway production, did not appear in this initial film version but went on to reclaim the role in 1941, by which time she had arrived in Hollywood. See more »


In the garden at Bridget's home, Mary is next to a small statuette that holds a wreath and stands on a simple pedestal. In the next scene, the statuette's relationship to Mary has changed, the wreath is missing, and the pedestal more complex. In the third scene, the statuette has reverted to that in the first scene. See more »


Bridget Drake: There's no use trying to fool yourself. The only real unhappiness in life is losing a man. Of course, if he dies, well that's a different matter. If you lose him that way, well, you know it isn't your fault. You know, death isn't nature's greatest mistake - falling in love is. Of course, if we didn't do that, all the misery of life would be cut right out of it. But, my goodness, there wouldn't be any fun either! So, what are you going to do about it?
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Try a Little Tenderness
(1932) (uncredited)
Music by Harry M. Woods
Played by Martin Burton on piano
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I am not sure if this version is just better or I am just not the same person.
10 February 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I saw and reviewed the 1941 remake of "When Ladies Meet" almost three years ago. I was a bit cold on the film--and thought it should have been much better considering the star-filled cast. However, when I saw the 1933 version today, I really appreciated it. This leads me to wonder--is the original version that much better or has my taste just changed over the last few years? I am not sure which--but I can highly recommend this earlier film.

The film is about adultery--a common topic during the Pre-Code era (up until mid 1934 when the new Production Code tightened the moral code within Hollywood's films). At first, it appears to actually endorse it or take a judgment neutral view--as Myrna Loy and Frank Morgan prepare to run off together even though Morgan is married. However, Loy's friend (Robert Montgomery) inexplicably loves her and wants to split the pair up because he feels this relationship is wrong. So, he connives to have Loy meet the wife (Ann Harding). What happens here is what makes the film so good--the women don't know who the other one actually is and they become friends. Only later do they discover the truth. I loved this final portion and I'd say more, but I don't want to ruin it. Suffice to say, it handles this moral quandary in a responsible and satisfying manner.

Aside from a few quibbles (such as why Montgomery wants Loy is she shows such selfish behaviors), I really enjoyed the film. Fine acting and a nice script make for an adult film that really is as good and hard-hitting today as it was back in 1933. Well worth seeing.

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