Should Ladies Behave Film Details
Overview: An unhappy couple watch as their daughter throws herself at an older man because he is a sophisticated artist. The daughter doesn’t know that her aunt is the man’s lover. At a weekend retreat, everything comes to a head when the moth
Review: While not quite as intensely funny as “Bringing Up Baby”, this early screwball comedy” should remind most viewers of that film. Rather that the humor coming from Cary Grant’s exasperation in dealing with Katherine Hepburn, it comes from Augustus’ (Lionel Barrymore) exasperation in dealing with his airhead wife Laura (Alice Brady). If you have never seen Brady you are in for a totally unexpected comic treat. By the 1930’s she was basically a character actress and her role here is much like her later portrayal of the mother in “My Man Godfrey”. It is a strange cross between Margaret Dumont and Una Merkel, sort of a pretentious and overly dramatic airhead. Like “Bringing Up Baby” most of the action in “Should Ladies Behave” takes place on an estate in rural Connecticut. There is some physical comedy, mainly from Barrymore’s more extreme reactions. Most of the humor is subtle, coming from the clever stage play “The Vinegar Tree” by Paul Osborn. For example Brady supports her contention that two examples are vastly different by saying they are as far apart as alpha and beta. Watch for their hilarious attempt to play the game of 20 Questions. The story revolves around miscommunication among three couples; Augustus and Laura, her sister Winnie (Katharine Alexander) and Winnie’s middle aged lover Max (Conway Tearle), and their daughter Leone (Mary Carlisle) and Leone’s young boyfriend Geoffrey (William Janney). Carlisle was only 20 but she holds her own very well with the more experienced members of the cast. Her character is supposed to be 19 and her cynical father is trying to keep her from being spoiled by the evils of the world, symbolized by his keeping her childhood playhouse unchanged even though she is away at college. “Should Ladies Behave” deserves to be included with the best of the old screwball comedies. If you enjoy that kind of stuff you will be well rewarded by this undiscovered gem. Then again, what do I know? I’m only a child.
Country: United States
Duration: 87 min
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Also known as: Should Ladies Behave,Tres mujeres,A Virtude Entre Elas,恋も樹から落ちる,The Vinegar Tree