Lady by Choice from 1934 is an absolute delight. In it, Carole Lombard plays fan dancer Alabam (Georgia) Lee, who finds herself in court as the same time as Patsy Patterson (May Robson), a former entertainer turned homeless drunkard. Patsy has friends, however - Judge Daly (Walter Connolly) and Johnny Mills (Roger Pryor), a wealthy young man whose father requested he always look after Patsy. Patsy, Like Alabam, is a gutsy lady, who speaks her mind. As a result, when Alabam's agent convinces her to adopt a mother (for the publicity), it is Patsy she selects. And Patsy, who immediately adores Alabam, tries to change her new daughter's life for the better, but not always with the best of results.
May Robson is just
adorable. She gets most of the good lines, and you want to take her
home with you. Lombard's role is also quite rich. Alabam is really a
kind, gentle soul. She loves deeply, and is a caring person. Used badly
by her agent, she finds herself almost penniless, but still tries to
support Patsy's goals, to make her a legitimate performer, despite her
lack of self-confidence. We have, of course, some romantic
complications. Alabam falls in love with Johnny Mills, but Patsy thinks
that Alabam is after him for his money. It causes some strife, but all
comes right in the end!
This is one that I think most people have not seen. Give it a try. I think you will find it is worth your time.