Lady in a Jam (1942): La Cava’s Romantic Comedy, Starring Irene Dunne

Gregory La Cava directed Lady in a Jam, a romantic comedy starring Irene Dunne, Patric Knowles, Ralph Bellamy, and Eugene Pallette.

Jane Palmer’s reckless spending and behavior concern her guardian Billingsley so much that he goes to a New York clinic to seek psychiatric help for her.

Dr. Enright sees how Jane refuses to even acknowledge that she has squandered her inheritance, and that her possessions are being auctioned off. Trying to trace the root of her problems, he accompanies Jane on a cross-country trip to her Arizona childhood home.

“Cactus” Kate, her grandmother, is leery of Jane, while childhood sweetheart Stanley Gardner deludes himself into thinking Jane has returned for him. Realizing her romantic interest in the doctor, Stanley challenges him to a duel until he discovers Enright is a crack shot.

Cactus Kate plants precious ore so that Jane can find it, inadvertently causing a gold rush by prospectors galore. Enright returns home, but Jane tracks him back to New York, claiming they were meant for each other.

Irene Dunne as Jane Palmer
Ralph Bellamy as Stanley
Patric Knowles as Dr. Enright
Eugene Pallette as Billingsley
Samuel S. Hinds as Dr. Brewster
Queenie Vassar as Cactus Kate