Once a Lady

Once a Lady is a 1931 American Pre-Code drama film directed by Guthrie McClintic and starring Ruth Chatterton, Ivor Novello and Jill Esmond. The film, produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures, is a remake of the Pola Negri silent film Three Sinners (1928).[1][2] The film was the final attempt by British matinée idol Novello to establish himself in Hollywood.[3]

Once a Lady
Directed byGuthrie McClintic
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Written byRudolf Bernauer (play Das Zweite Leben)
Rudolf Osterreicher (play Das Zweite Leben)
Zoë Akins (writer)
Samuel Hoffenstein (writer)
StarringRuth Chatterton
CinematographyCharles Lang
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
November 7, 1931
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States


A young Russian woman (Chatterton) marries a wealthy Englishman (Novello), and has a daughter with him. After she has an affair with one of his friends, she is forced to leave Britain and moves to Paris. Many years later, her daughter approaches her, needing her help.[4]



  1. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films:Once a Lady, afi.com; accessed July 28, 2015.
  2. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1931-40 by The American Film Institute, c. 1993
  3. Williams, Michael. Ivor Novello: Screen Idol. British Film Institute, 2003, p. 7
  4. Once A Lady, imdb.com; accessed July 28, 2015.
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