Jimmie (Montogomery) is set on marrying his friend, and writer, Mary (Loy). But upon finding out that shes having an affair with her publisher, Rogers (Frank Morgan), Jimmy concocts a plan to make Mary and Rogers wife, Clare (Harding), meet.
When Ladies Meet follows these tropes:
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: Between Jimmie and Mary.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Rogers seems like he sincerely wants to leave his wife and marry Mary, but it turns out that Mary is just one of many in his long list of dalliances.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Clare admits that she doesnt want to be this type of woman, so she coolly lets Rogers have several affairs because she knows hell come back to her.
- The Ditz: Bridget (played by Alice Brady), but she does give some sage advice sometimes, making her a Genius Ditz.
- Extreme Doormat: Clare borders on this. She was angry at Rogers when he first cheated on her, but she decided to let it go because she wanted to keep the illusion of a happy marriage.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: This is a pre-code film after all: Bridget implies that her much younger boyfriend/protégé share the same bed, infidelity is discussed explicitly, and no one dies for having an affair!
- Good Adultery, Bad Adultery: Discussed In-Universe when Clare and Mary talk about Marys book about infidelity.
- Hopeless Suitor: Jimmie cant catch a break with Mary since shes in so deep with Rogers.
- Let's Duet: Clare and Mary sing an old love song on the piano, showing how they're kindred spirits.
- Love Triangle: Jimmie is in love with Mary but Mary loves Rogers.
- The Mistress: Mary is one, but she wants to defy the conventions of the average mistress by being open and honest with the wife of her lover.
- Plot Parallel: Marys new novel point for point reflects her affair with Rogers.
- Operation: Jealousy: This is how Jimmie convinces Clare to come to Bridgets home: he tells Clare that he wants to use her to make Mary jealous, hoping for a Green-Eyed Epiphany. It doesnt really work since they both end up liking each other.
- Stalker with a Crush: Jimmie shows dashes of this like showing up at Marys house unexpectedly or asking her to marry him on several occasions.
- Upper-Class Twit: Bridget, oh, Bridget.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Mary thinks that two women, one a mistress and the wife being cheated on, can calmly and reasonably discuss their situation, and the wife can easily concede her marriage to the mistress.
- Your Cheating Heart: The whole film takes a mature look at infidelity and marriage.