When Ladies Meet (1933): Beaumont’s Pre-Code Romantic Drama, Starring Ann Harding, Myrna Loy, Robert Montgomery

Harry Beaumont directed When Ladies Meet, a pre-Code film starring Ann Harding, Myrna Loy, Robert Montgomery, Alice Brady, and Frank Morgan.

The film is the first adaptation of the 1932 Rachel Crothers play of the same name.

It was remade under the same name in 1941, starring Greer Garson, Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor and Herbert Marshall in the lead roles played by Harding, Loy, Montgomery and Morgan.

Mary (Myrna Loy), a writer working on a novel about a love triangle, is attracted to her publisher (Frank Morgan), while her suitor Jimmie (Robert Montgomery) is determined to break them up.

He decides to introduce Mary to the publisher’s wife (Ann Harding) without telling Mary who she is.

Oscar Context

It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Art Direction by Cedric Gibbons.

Ann Harding as Claire Woodruff
Robert Montgomery as Jimmie Lee
Myrna Loy as Mary Howard
Alice Brady as Bridget Drake
Frank Morgan as Rogers Woodruff
Martin Burton as Walter
Luis Alberni as Pierre


Directed by Harry Beaumont; Robert Z. Leonard (uncredited retakes)
Produced by Lawrence Weingarten
Screenplay by Leon Gordon, John Meehan, based on 1932 play, When Ladies Meet by Rachel Crothers
Music by William Axt
Cinematography: Ray June
Edited by Hugh Wynn
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date June 23, 1933
Running time: 85 minutes


TCM showed the movie on June 12, 2020.