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The Patsy (1928)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 10 March 1928 (USA)
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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C'est une gamine charmante  »

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This is the only feature film in which Marion Davies has scenes with Marie Dressler, although they both appeared in The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929). See more »

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Pa Harrington: I saw the slickest movie last night and the girl in it sure knew her onions.
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References The Merry Widow (1925) See more »

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Superb Marion Davies
13 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Davies stars as the put upon sister in this delightful comedy with a soul. The first screwball comedienne, Davies reinvented herself in 1928 in this and her other comic gem, Show People. Davies then launched into sound with Marianne (also excellent). Freed from the stagy costume dramas Hearst loved, Davies found her own voice in these late silent comedies. Davies stars here with Marie Dressler (in a comeback vehicle) as well as Lawrence Gray, Jane Winton, Dell Henderson and the rather dull Orville Caldwell. The family bickering is fun, with Dame Marie lording it over the household and favoring the beautiful daughter (Winton) to make a good marriage.

When Davies, as the Patsy, decides to "get some personality," the house comes down in laughter. As stated elsewhere here, her impressions of Mae Murray, Lillian Gish, and Pola Negri are dead on funny and amazingly accurate. You have GOT to see Marion Davies transform herself into Lillian Gish! Amazing. Her impressions of Murray and Negri are hilarious. Davies was well known for her acid impressions of Hollywood's grand ladies. One wonders what this trio of stars thought about Davies' take on them.

Fun all the way and interesting to see handsome Lawrence Gray in a secondary role as the rich playboy. He was Davies' singing co-star in Marianne in 1929, her starring talkie debut. You gotta see this and Show People.......


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