Vivacious Lady. 1938. USA. Directed by George Stevens. 90 min.
Screenplay by P.J. Wolfson, Ernest Pagano, from a story by I.A.R. Wylie. With Ginger Rogers, James Stewart, James Ellison, Beulah Bondi, Charles Coburn. Rogers used her newly earned stardom to give a hand to up-and-comer James Stewart in this romantic farce, directed with undue deliberation by George Stevens. Stewart is a shy botany professor who falls hard for nightclub singer Rogers and impulsively marries her—an alliance that must be kept a secret from Stewart’s imperious father (Charles Coburn), who happens to be the president of the college where he teaches. With Rogers forced to pass as one of her husband’s students, complications ensue—including a celebrated cat fight between Rogers and Jimmy’s snobbish ex-fiancée (Frances Mercer).