You Live and Learn

You Live and Learn is a 1937 comedy film directed by Arthur B. Woods and starring Glenda Farrell and Claude Hulbert. The film was a quota quickie production and was based on the novel "Have You Come for Me?" by Norma Patterson. It was released by Warner Bros. in September 1937.[1][2] The movie is now classed as a lost film.[3]

You Live and Learn
Film poster
Directed byArthur B. Woods
Produced byIrving Asher
Written byTom Phipps
Brock Williams
StarringGlenda Farrell
Claude Hulbert
CinematographyBasil Emmott
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
September 1937
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


American chorus-girl Mamie Wallace (Glenda Farrell) travels to Paris with a ramshackle touring musical revue. The company runs out of money, and it looks as though Mamie and her dancing colleagues are going to be stranded in Europe with no way home. Luckily, she meets a handsome, well-spoken Englishman Peter Millett (Claude Hulbert), who falls in love with her and proposes marriage. Under the impression that he is a man of means, she readily accepts, imagining an entrée to English high society.

The couple return to England, and Mamie discovers to her horror that not only is her new home a decrepit farmhouse out in the sticks, but that Peter is a widower and his three children also come as part of the package. Despite her disappointment, she shows her pluck and spirit by determining not to run away but to stay and make the best of things. However the local villagers are shocked by her city ways and appearance and make it difficult for her to fit in. An additional difficulty reveals itself in the person of local schoolteacher Dot Harris, who has long had an eye on Peter for herself and is now consumed with jealousy and spite, going out of her way to cause trouble for Mamie at every opportunity. However Mamie's good nature and decency are gradually acknowledged, and she triumphs in the end.


  • Glenda Farrell as Mamie Wallace
  • Claude Hulbert as Peter Millett
  • Glyn Alyn as Dot Harris
  • John Carol as George
  • James Stephenson as Sam Brooks
  • Arthur Finn as Joseph P. Munro
  • George Galleon as Lord Haverstock
  • Wallace Evennett as Amos Biddle
  • Margaret Yarde as Mrs. Biddle


  1. "You Live and Learn (1938)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  2. "You Live and Learn (1937)". All Movie. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  3. Missing Believed Lost British Pictures Article Archive.
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