The Men in Her Life

The Men in Her Life is a 1941 period drama film directed by Gregory Ratoff and starring Loretta Young, Conrad Veidt and Dean Jagger. It is an adaptation of the 1932 novel Ballerina by the British writer Eleanor Smith. It was nominated for the 1941 Academy Award for Best Sound Recording (John P. Livadary), but lost to That Hamilton Woman.[1][2][3] The sets were designed by the Russian-born art director Nicolai Remisoff.

The Men in Her Life
Poster of the movie The Men in Her Life.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byGregory Ratoff
Produced byGregory Ratoff
Written byFrederick Kohner
Michael Wilson
Paul Trivers
Based onBallerina
by Eleanor Smith
StarringLoretta Young
Conrad Veidt
Dean Jagger
Music byDavid Raksin
CinematographyArthur C. Miller
Harry Stradling Sr.
Edited byFrancis D. Lyon
Gregory Ratoff Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • October 30, 1941 (1941-10-30)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States


A nineteenth century circus performer becomes a celebrated dancer, but has trouble balancing her romantic and family aspirations with her career.



  1. ^ "The 14th Academy Awards (1942) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-08-13.
  2. ^ "The Men in Her Life (1941)". FilmAffinity. Retrieved 21 December 2015.
  3. ^ "The Men in Her Life". AFI Catalof of Feature Films. Retrieved 21 December 2015.


  • McLean, Adrienne L. Dying Swans and Madmen: Ballet, the Body, and Narrative Cinema. Rutgers University Press, 2008.

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