3.5 stars. Along with "Bachelor Mother" I think this movie has Ginger Roger's best work as an actress. I love her performances with Astaire, of course, but he was not quite the acting partner that Stewart is here. She was an inspired comedienne. She sometimes lost her bearings in dramatic roles.
George Stevens's VIVACIOUS LADY (1938) is a standard-issue RKO rom com elevated to sublimity by the one-and-only film pairing of Ginger Rogers & Jimmy Stewart. The two classic film icons were dating at the time of production, and their IRL chemistry permeates every frame. W/ delightful support from Charles Coburn, Beulah Bondi, Franklin Pangborn & Hattie McDaniel. A lesser-known title worth looking for. (10/1/11 TCM)