Lady Be Good

Synopsis: Songwriters Dixie Donegan and Eddie Crane are still in love after their divorce. Dixie's friend Marilyn Marsh tries to convince them to marry again, but this isn't that easy.
Genre: Comedy, Musical
112 min

Look at George Gershwin. He had Ira.

There's Rodgers and Hart,

Kern and Hammerstein.

Oh, what's the use?

There are a dozen more.

They work together.

One helps the other and they go places.

Yeah. I know what you mean.

- Eddie?

- Mm?

Would you mind

if a girl wrote the words to your tune?

Of course not. There's Dorothy Fields.

She's one of the best in the business.

Well, could you get her?

No. She's tied up.

Would you listen to some I wrote?

- You?

- Oh...

I know it's ridiculous for me to think

that you could think...

...that I could write some words...

...but the melody kept saying the words

over and over while you were playing...

...and before I knew it, I had a song.

- You have?

- Uh-huh. You wanna hear it?

- Let me see the words. I can tell by looking.

You couldn't read them.

I jotted them down on my handkerchief.

I always do.

It's, well, kind of unobtrusive.

Well, go ahead and play, Eddie.

But don't laugh, will you?

- The way I feel?

- Well, not in my face, anyhow.

You'll never know

If an apple is ripe

Till you bite it

You'll never know

If a fire is gonna burn

Till you light it

You'll never know

What it means to be blue

Till you've lost an old friend

You'll never know

Just how long is your road

Till you've reached the end

You'll never know

How good a book may be

Till you've read it

You'll never know

What one kind word can do

Till you've said it

You and I could find romance

But, darling, till you take that chance

You'll never, never

Never ever


Dixie, you've done it.

- I don't know how, but you've done it.

- Have I?

Why, it makes me sick, it's so wonderful.

You let me die on the vine for lyrics,

and you've got them up your sleeve.

I think it'll swing too.

- I'll bet it will. Let's try it.

- Yeah.

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Jack McGowan

John "Jack" McGowan (1894–1977) was an American librettist, director and producer. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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