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Not Rated  |   |  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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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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The original Broadway production of "The Patsy" by Barry Conners opened on December 22, 1925 at the Booth Theater and ran for 245 performances. See more »

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Patricia Harrington: It's a good thing it rains, or else there'd be no hay to make when the sun shines.
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References The Spanish Dancer (1923) See more »

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28 August 2003 | by (California) – See all my reviews

A hillarious movie from director King Vidor, with Marion Davies AND Marie Dresler! As the perpetually feuding mother and daughter, Dresler and Davies are not only side-splittingly funny, they are actually quite touching. The rest of the film delivers on all these levels as well.

If anybody believes that Susan Alexander Kane was an actual representation of Marion Davies, they aught to watch this film. Marion is a delight to watch, always full of warmth and energy, always beautiful and charming, and constantly surprising. Take for instance a scene in which she spies on her sister and the sister's boyfriend. Marion, or Pat rather, walks back and forth through the doorway, changing hats and characters, stopping at one point to remark "When in Bagdad, do as the Bagdaddies do!" Or there's the scene where she barges into an intended conquest's house and finds him in a state of drunken delirium. In an (unsuccessful) attempt to rouse him (or at least his attention), she goes about the room impersonating a series of popular film stars. First she's Mae Murray, then Lillian Gish, then Pola Negri. Gloria Swanson's Chaplin imitation is no match for the brilliance of this scene.

Viewed with a modern audience, this film transcends the generations. Though so much has changed in the many years since it's conception, so much is still the same. The Patsy is one of the greatest silent comedies, and one of the best comedies to boot, and one of the best silents, that I think I have ever seen.


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