The Lady Is Willing

Synopsis: In order to adopt an abandoned baby, an actress arranges a marriage of convenience with a doctor.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Mitchell Leisen
Production: Columbia Pictures
92 min

Have your autograph,

Miss Madden?

Gee, Miss Madden, I think

you're just wonderful.

Miss Madden, if I print my address,

will you send me a picture?

Miss Madden, can I have

your autograph?

Good afternoon.

Miss Madden isn't at home,

but I'm her business representative

and she doesn't want to buy anything.

You've mistaken me for someone else.

I'm the Bureau of Internal Revenue.

Oh, the income tax, huh?

Well, come in, come in.

Yes, Mr Gensler, I understand.

Very soon.

Don't tell me a month's

gone by already.

Another short subject

before the feature.

You're the 1940 man, aren't you?

No, I'm the 1941 man.

Oh, yes, I remember.

The '40 man has a moustache.

He comes on the 1st and 15th.

You come on the 7th and 22nd.

Thank you.

Another ten weeks

and you'll be paid up.

Then you won't be

seeing me anymore.

Except in my sleep.

Thank you for

the passes to the play.

Miss Madden is

a wonderful actress, isn't she?

Oh, yes, she's great.

I'll be running along.

I'll see you on the 22nd.


Liza? Is that you?


Buddy, call a doctor, quick.


An obstetrician.

An obstet... Liza!

A what?


What...? What's that?

A baby.

That's what I thought.

Hurry, Buddy, call somebody

important. Find the best

obstetrician in town.

It's a little late

for an obstetrician, isn't it?

Get the apartment manager.

I want him to come right up.

And call someone

who knows about toys.

But I... Well, I...

Never mind, I'll call

everybody myself.

Maybe you mean a paediatrician.

I want the manager,

please, and hurry.

Isn't she a darling?

This is Miss Madden.

Will you come up to my apartment

right away. I need more

room now with a baby.

Yes, I said a baby.


Why, that's ridiculous.

Is there something in my lease

that says I can't have a baby?

But how could I tell you?

I didn't know it myself

until about 15 minutes ago.

Oh, I don't care about your rules

for having babies.

That's silly anyway.

Oh, wait a minute.

Do you happen to know the best

obstetrician in New York?

Obstetrician. A baby doctor.

What was the name again?

Doctor McBain?

Doctor Corey T McBain.

Thank you.

Hurry, Buddy.

Doctor McBain, right away, somewhere

on East 60-something Street.

You let Rome burn and all the time

this poor little thing might

catch something from Ken.

Go sterilize yourself, Ken.

All the money you handle

and everything.

I didn't know

you had a baby, Miss Madden.

You didn't?


Isn't she adorable?

Yes. Hello.

She has a smile

just like yours.

Now, that's sweet of you.

Well, I'll be

saying goodbye.


Who was that nice man?

He came here with a special request

from Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

He did?


When you get back to Washington,

remember me to Eleanor.

Yes, Miss Madden.

- Liza, will you please tell us...

- Doctor McBain's on the phone.

Have him rush right over.

No, no. Give me the phone.

Doctor, this is Elizabeth Madden.

Would you rush right over here

and take a look at my baby?


Doctor, if I could recognise

symptoms, I would be a doctor,

not an actress.

What age?

About 2.

Oh, doctor, please rush

right over here instead

of arguing with me this way.

The address is 25 East... 85th Street.

Thank you. Stupid of me.

I thought

I was past surprise.

Liza, will you please take

your mind off that kid and tell us...

Whose little act of God

is this you swiped?

Isn't she wonderful?

Isn't she extravagantly beautiful?

Doesn't she feel nice?

Yes, yes, but whose is it?


Now, take it easy.

Stop schmoozing all over that kid

and tell us where you got it.

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James Edward Grant

James Edward Grant (July 2, 1905 – February 19, 1966) was an American short story writer and screenwriter who contributed to more than fifty films between 1935 and 1971. He collaborated with John Wayne on twelve projects, starting with Angel and the Badman (which he also directed) in 1947 through Circus World in 1964. Support Your Local Gunfighter was released in 1971, five years after his death. more…

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