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Director:
Writers:
Barry Conners (story) (play)
Agnes Christine Johnston (adaptation)
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Release Date:
22 April 1928 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
An awkward teenager hopelessly in love with her elder sister's boyfriend tries to make him notice her. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (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)
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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 »
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Patricia Harrington:[Persuading Billy to leave with Grace] You've got your honey - now buzz!See more »

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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Outstanding, 28 May 2005
Author: mikbyr from United States

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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