Yours for the Asking

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Yours for the Asking
Directed byAlexander Hall
Written byEve Greene
Philip MacDonald
Harlan Ware
Based onstory by William R. Lipman and William H. Wright
Produced byLewis E. Gensler
StarringGeorge Raft
Dolores Costello
Ida Lupino
CinematographyTheodor Sparkuhl
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
August 19, 1936
Running time
72 minutes

Yours for the Asking is a 1936 film starring George Raft as a casino owner and Dolores Costello as the socialite he hires as hostess. The movie also features Ida Lupino and was directed by Alexander Hall.[1]


Johnny Lamb runs a secret casino in Miami. He meets impoverished socialite Lucille Sutton and decides to open a casino at her mansion. His friends worry Lucille will ruin Johnny so they hire con artists Gertie Malloy and Dictionary McKinney to impersonate socialites to seduce Johnny. Johnny falls for Gertie and asks for Lucille's help in wooing her.



The film was known as The Duchess. Paramount announced it in October 1935 with Raft attached from the beginning. He was to make it after It Had to Happen which he did at Fox.[2] The title was changed to Yours for the Asking in April 1936.[3]

Groucho Marx, Charles Ruggles and Tookie Spreckles appeared as extras when the film shot some footage on Coronado Island.[4]


The film made a small profit.[4]


  1. ^ Yours for the Asking Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 3, Iss. 25, (Jan 1, 1936): 136.
  2. ^ Schallert, Edwin (16 October 1935). "George Raft Will Become Gambler and Society Man in "The Duchess "". Los Angeles Times. p. 15.
  3. ^ SCREEN NOTES New York Times a22 Apr 1936: 28.
  4. ^ a b Everett Aaker, The Films of George Raft, McFarland & Company, 2013 p 71

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