Ready for Love (1934 film)

Ready for Love is a 1934 American romantic comedy film directed by Marion Gering and presented by Adolph Zukor for Paramount Pictures. It stars Richard Arlen, Ida Lupino, and Marjorie Rambeau.[1] It is inspired by the play The Whipping by Eulalie Spence, based on the 1930 novel The Whipping by Roy Flanagan.[2][3] The film is about school runaway Marigold Tate (Ida Lupino) who "journeys to her retired aunt's home where she soon faces small-town bigotry",[4] and falls in love with handsome newspaper editor Julian Barrow (Richard Arlen).[5]

Ready for Love
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Directed byMarion Gering
Screenplay byJ.P. McEvoy, William Slavens McNutt
Based ona novel by Roy Flanagan
Produced byAlbert Lewis (producer), Emanuel Cohen (executive producer)
CinematographyLeon Shamroy
Edited byEda Warren
Music byJohn Leipold, Heinz Roemheld and Tom Satterfield (all uncredited)
Release date
  • November 30, 1934 (1934-11-30) (Los Angeles)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States

The film marks the first appearance of Terry, the Cairn Terrier who would go on to appear as Toto in The Wizard of Oz (1939).

Plot summaryEdit

Marigold Tate (Lupino) runs away from boarding school to stay with her retired aunt. She faces hostility from the locals, who display bigotry and snobbery towards her. During a witchcraft trial she is forced into a pool of water. The event is covered by newspaper editor Julian Barrow (Arlen), who falls in love with Tate. The couple eventually move to New York, where Barrow gets a job on a newspaper.



Actress Ida Lupino was stricken with polio soon after filming commenced and was concerned during production that she might have to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair.[6]


  1. ^ "Ready for Love". TCM. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  2. ^ Donati, William (18 July 2013). Ida Lupino: A Biography. University Press of Kentucky. p. 244. ISBN 978-0-8131-4352-1.
  3. ^ Goble, Alan (1 January 1999). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter. p. 924. ISBN 978-3-11-095194-3.
  4. ^ Langman, Larry (2000). Destination Hollywood: The Influence of Europeans on American Filmmaking. McFarland. p. 246. ISBN 978-0-7864-0681-4.
  5. ^ Sandra Brennan (2014). "Ready for Love". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. Archived from the original on 15 July 2014. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
  6. ^ Bubbeo, Daniel (15 October 2001). The Women of Warner Brothers: The Lives and Careers of 15 Leading Ladies, with Filmographies for Each. McFarland. p. 158. ISBN 978-0-7864-1137-5.

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