GenreDrama, Musical, Romance Duration CountryUnited States
WriterFrances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Moss Hart Release dateFebruary 10, 1944 (1944-02-10) ScreenplayAlbert Hackett, Frances Goodrich, Edward Chodorov CastGinger Rogers (Liza Elliott), Ray Milland (Charley Johnson), Warner Baxter (Kendall Nesbitt), Jon Hall (Randy Curtis), Barry Sullivan (Dr. Brooks), Mischa Auer (Russell Paxton) Similar moviesBirdman, Pitch Perfect 2, Straight Outta Compton, Frozen, Grease, Aladdin
TaglineThe minx in mink with a yen for men!
Lady in the Dark is a 1944 American Technicolor musical film directed by Mitchell Leisen and starring Ginger Rogers. It was nominated for three Academy Awards; for Best Cinematography, Best Music and Best Art Direction (Hans Dreier, Raoul Pene Du Bois, Ray Moyer).
Life has become a series of headaches and bad dreams for Liza Elliott, the successful editor-in-chief of Allure fashion magazine. She is being romanced by publisher Kendall Nesbitt, but he is married and slow in obtaining a divorce. And her second-in-command, Charley Johnson, is a cut-up who drives her so crazy with his jokes, Liza ends up seeing him in her craziest dreams at night.
Reluctantly going into psychoanalysis with Dr. Alex Brooks, she discounts his theory that something from her past has caused Liza to take a no-nonsense approach to life and avoid all attempts at ever being glamorous.
Colleagues swoon when Hollywood movie star Randy Curtis arrives at Allure for a photo shoot. Kendall abruptly claims to be free at last, but Liza holds him off by accepting a dinner date offer from Randy instead. Aware that he doesn't care about her looks, the Allure editor becomes quite alluring herself in a beautiful dress for a change.
Charley quits to work for a magazine where he can be in charge. It turns out that all Randy is interested in is Liza running his studio's production company. While trying to persuade Charley to stay at Allure, she suddenly finds herself kissing him, the last man she'd ever expected to love.
Ginger Rogers as Liza Elliott
Ray Milland as Charley Johnson
Warner Baxter as Kendall Nesbitt
Jon Hall as Randy Curtis
Barry Sullivan as Dr. Brooks
Mischa Auer as Russell Paxton
Phyllis Brooks as Allison DuBois
Mary Philips as Maggie Grant
Edward Fielding as Dr. Carlton
Don Loper as Adams
Mary Parker as Miss Parker
Catherine Craig as Miss Foster
Marietta Canty as Martha
Virginia Farmer as Miss Edwards
Fay Helm as Miss Bowers
John T. Bambury as Bunny, Midget (uncredited)
The film was based on the 1941 Broadway musical Lady in the Dark, written by Kurt Weill (music), Ira Gershwin (lyrics), and Moss Hart (book and direction). The film version cut most of the Weill/Gershwin songs from the score. "The Saga of Jenny" and "Girl of the Moment" remained, and part of "This Is New" is played by a nightclub band in the background. Part of "My Ship" was hummed by Ginger Rogers, but the song itself was never sung.
Lady in the Dark was presented on Lux Radio Theatre February 16, 1953. The one-hour adaptation starred Judy Garland and John Lund.