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Release Date:
22 April 1928 (USA) See more »
An awkward teenager hopelessly in love with her elder sister's boyfriend tries to make him notice her. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Marion Davies ... Patricia Harrington
Orville Caldwell ... Tony Anderson

Marie Dressler ... Ma Harrington
Lawrence Gray ... Billy Caldwell
Dell Henderson ... Pa Harrington

Jane Winton ... Grace Harrington
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)

Directed by
King Vidor 
Writing credits
Barry Conners (story) (play)

Agnes Christine Johnston (adaptation and continuity)

Ralph Spence (titles)

Produced by
Marion Davies .... producer (uncredited)
William Randolph Hearst .... producer (uncredited)
King Vidor .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Vivek Maddala 
Cinematography by
John F. Seitz 
Film Editing by
Hugh Wynn 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Costume Design by
Gilbert Clark 
Music Department
Richard Bronskill .... orchestrator
Vivek Maddala .... conductor

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USA:78 min | 77 min (TCM print)
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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 »
Patricia Harrington:[Pretending to be off her rocker in order to gain Ma's symphathy] You know how you feel when you don't know how you feel? That's how I feel.See more »
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Referenced in "MGM: When the Lion Roars" (1992)See more »


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24 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Superb Marion Davies, 13 July 2004
Author: drednm from United States

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 (beautiful), Dell Henderson and the oafish 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 the 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 silent film. 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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