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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 Lady’s Morals is a prime example of highbrow-meets-hokum fluff from the early sound era. Bringing Moore’s 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 Moore’s elegant, clarion-toned Donizetti and Bellini arias. If the plot’s fictions (swoony composer Reginald Denny faces blindness as a result of his infatuation) creak, its one biographical nod – Lind’s 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.

    • Release Date: 1930
    • Runtime: 87:00
    • Genre: Biography; Romance; Drama
    • Language: English
    • Format: DVD-NTSC
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    • Aspect: 4 X 3 FULL FRAME, ORIGINAL ASPECT RATIO - 1.37:1
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    • Audio: MONO - English
    • Color/BW: B/W
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    • Number of Discs: 1
    • Disc Format: DVD-5

    Starring:
    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

    Written by:
    Hanns Krä
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    Claudine West
    John Meehan
    Arthur Richman
    Dorothy Farnum

    Directed by:
    Sidney Franklin

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