Fine Manners (1926)

 |  Comedy  |  29 August 1926 (USA)
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Cast overview:
Orchid Murphy
Eugene O'Brien ...
Brian Alden
Helen Dunbar ...
Aunt Agatha
Buddy Murphy (as Walter Goss)
John Miltern ...
Courtney Adams


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This was Gloria Swanson's last film for Paramount for 24 years. She would return to the studio in 1950 for Sunset Blvd. (1950). See more »

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Great Gloria Swanson Comedy
15 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is Gloria Swanson's best comedy film. She plays a chorus girl named Orchid Murphy who meets a rich society man (Eugene O'Brien) on New Year's Eve. They are instantly attracted to one another but Swanson's thuggish brother doesn't like "swells." In order to get a dance with Swanson, O'Brien pretends to be a waiter.

O'Brien falls for her but the brother constantly warns about playboys who don't marry chorus girls. So they device a plan to have Swanson live with the old gray aunt while O'Brien goes to South America on business. During his absence she's be turned into a "lady." On his return he funds the newly refined Gloria dull and lifeless. They almost lose each other but because of a clever trick, Swanson is able to save the day and the marriage.

Great opening shot of huge crowds in Times Square where we can see marquees showing The Big Parade and a show starring Marilyn Miller. Also highly memorable is the visit to the flea circus... at least until Annabelle escapes! Swanson is just great in this light and funny film. She's hilarious as the chorus girl who loves to do cartwheels and somersaults (and yes that's Swanson doing them). Her first meeting with the old aunt (Helen Dunbar) is also very funny.

Eugene O'Brien is very good. Helen Dunbar is the aunt. Walter Goss is the brother. The dog is good too.

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