Ladies Must Love. 1933. USA. Directed by E. A. Dupont. Screenplay by Robert Harris, William Huribut, John Francis Larkin. With June Knight, Sally O’Neil, Dorothy Burgess, Mary Carlisle. 70 min.
Three Broadway gold-diggers (O’Neil, Burgess, and Carlisle) sign a contract to share their ill-gotten gains, and trick their more morally upstanding roommate, the sparkling June Knight, into signing it as well—and then try to enforce it when Knight falls for a Park Avenue playboy (Neil Hamilton). German director E. A. Dupont (Variety) brings more than a touch of Weimar cynicism to this thoroughly pre-Code tale. At one point, the down-on-their-luck roommates to go work as “hostesses” in a “nightclub” operated by one “Madame Fifi” (Maude Eburne), where their duties clearly entail more than checking coats. 35mm.