A Lady's Morals

A Lady's Morals is a 1930 American pre-Code film offering a highly fictionalized account of singer Jenny Lind. The movie features opera diva Grace Moore as Lind, Reginald Denny as a lover, and Wallace Beery as P. T. Barnum. The film contains some fine opera arias by Moore and was directed by Sidney Franklin.

A Lady's Morals
Directed bySidney Franklin
Produced byIrving Thalberg
Written byDorothy Farnum
Hanns Kräly
John Meehan
Arthur Richman
Claudine West
StarringGrace Moore
Reginald Denny
Wallace Beery
Gilbert Emery
Music byVincenzo Bellini
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
Edited byMargaret Booth
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
November 8, 1930 (1930-11-08)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited States

Wallace Beery would play Barnum again four years later in The Mighty Barnum (1934), with Virginia Bruce as Jenny Lind.




  • "It Is Destiny"
Lyrics by Clifford Grey
Music by Oscar Straus
Copyright 1930 by Harms Inc.
Played by Reginald Denny on piano and sung by Grace Moore
Reprised by Grace Moore singing and on piano
  • "Rataplan"
from "La fille du régiment"
Music by Gaetano Donizetti
Played at an opera house with Grace Moore singing as Marie
  • "Student's Song"
Music by Oscar Straus
Lyrics by Clifford Grey
Sung by students escorting Grace Moore home
  • "Oh Why"
Lyrics by Arthur Freed
Music by Herbert Stothart and Harry M. Woods
Copyright 1930 Harms Inc.
Played by Grace Moore singing and on piano
  • "Casta Diva"
from "Norma"
Music by Vincenzo Bellini
Played at an opera house and sung by Grace Moore as Norma
  • "Swedish Pastorale"
Written by Howard Johnson and Herbert Stothart
Sung by a group in Sweden
  • "Lovely Hour"
Words and Music by Carrie Jacobs Bond
Copyright 1929 by Carrie Jacobs-Bond & Son
Sung first by Grace Moore offscreen
Reprised by her at P.T.Barnum's show in New York City
  • "I Hear Your Voice"
Music by Oscar Straus
Lyrics by Clifford Grey

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