The Lady Objects

The Lady Objects is a 1938 American drama film written by Gladys Lehman and Charles Kenyon and directed by Erle C. Kenton. It was nominated for the Oscar for Best Song at the 11th Academy Awards with the song A Mist Over the Moon, with music by Ben Oakland and lyric by Oscar Hammerstein II. Although the writing credits differ, this film bears a striking resemblance to Columbia's 1933 film, Ann Carver's Profession.[1]

The Lady Objects
Directed byErle C. Kenton
Produced byWilliam Perlberg
Screenplay byGladys Lehman
Charles Kenyon
StarringLanny Ross
Gloria Stuart
CinematographyAllen G. Siegler
Edited byAl Clark
Columbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 12, 1938 (1938-10-12)
Running time
66 minutes
CountryUnited States


Bill Hayward's years as a college athlete and singer are behind him, and while he struggles financially, his attorney wife Ann is prospering, promoted to junior partner in her law firm.

While she's in Washington, D.C., on business, Bill accompanies friends June and George to a New York City nightclub where they have been hired to entertain. He is persuaded to get on stage and sing himself, but resists the temptation to get into a romantic situation with June, a former girlfriend from their school days.

June gets inebriated and a stumble results in her accidental death. Bill, however, is charged with her murder. Ann offers to defend him in court, but Bill can't bear that thought. When the case goes badly against him, however, Ann volunteers information that results in Bill's acquittal and their reconciliation.



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