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The Patsy (1928)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  22 April 1928 (USA)
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An awkward teenager hopelessly in love with her elder sister's boyfriend tries to make him notice her.

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Ma Harrington
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Pa Harrington
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An awkward teenager hopelessly in love with her elder sister's boyfriend tries to make him notice her.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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22 April 1928 (USA)  »

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C'est une gamine charmante  »

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This was actually Marie Dressler's turnaround film. After having quite a slump in her career, Dressler was apparently having her last meal at a restaurant before killing herself when Allan Dwan, who was sitting at a nearby table, ended up offering her the role for King Vidor that night. The movie was a success, and Dressler's career skyrocketed again. See more »

Quotes

Ma Harrington: Mr. Bonaparte won't be using his telephone today.
Patricia Harrington: The little devil promised to call!
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28 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Patsy is tremendous. The fact that this film is unavailable seems like a huge travesty, considering all the junk that has been released on video tape and DVD. Marion Davies seems to have practically invented the screwball style of comedy acting that became hugely popular in the 30's. But with the exception of a few film historians, no one seems to give her any credit. Popular culture tends to remember her as the untalented hack supposedly based on her in Citizen Kane. One thing that jumps out at me is her intelligence. She lets us see her thoughts in her face even while her expression is changing rapidly.

Ted Turner should get his head out of that tight, dark place and release a few hundred more classic films on DVD, and soon.


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