Stage Door (1937) Patrick’s role as Linda Shaw was a nice follow up to My Man Godfrey, and she gets to lock horns with an at-her-best Ginger Rogers, who, to be honest, destroys Patrick in this one. Gail does get off some fine salvos, though. Stage Door features not to be missed ensemble work by the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Eve Arden, Lucille Ball, and a teenaged Ann Miller.
My Favorite Wife (1940) Patrick in perhaps her ultimate “other woman” role, she is Cary Grant’s new wife after Grant has his first wife (Irene Dunne) declared dead after she goes missing in the Pacific Ocean for seven years. Patrick is actually quite sympathetic here, as her character, Bianca, is completely unaware of and therefore befuddled by Grant’s suddenly bizarre behavior after he sees Dunne at the hotel where he and Patrick will spend their honeymoon.
Love Crazy (1941) This William Powell-Myrna Loy confection finds Gail as Powell’s ex-girlfriend. Patrick plays her Other Woman role with a great deal of humor and charm. She’s also at her most flirtatious, with the nasty characteristics that mark most of her roles notably absent. This is my favorite Gail Patrick role. She's surpisingly good in a lighter role and it came as a pleasant surprise after having seen her in her typical performances.