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Beth Brown (story)
Garrett Fort (adapted by)
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Release Date:
4 January 1930 (USA) See more »
Is Kitty a mother? See more »
A burlesque star seeks to keep her convent-raised daughter away from her low-down life and abusive lover/stage manager. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Helen Morgan Is a Marvel as Kitty Darling See more (21 total) »


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Directed by
Rouben Mamoulian 
Writing credits
Beth Brown (story)

Garrett Fort (adapted by)

Produced by
Monta Bell .... producer
Jesse L. Lasky .... producer (uncredited)
Walter Wanger .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey  (as George Folsey)
Film Editing by
John Bassler (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Otto Brower .... assistant director (uncredited)
Ray Cozine .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
C.A. Tuthill .... sound mixer (uncredited)
Ernest Zatorsky .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
George Hinners .... second camera (uncredited)
Other crew
Jesse L. Lasky .... presenter
Adolph Zukor .... presenter

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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
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Mae West had been considered to portray Kitty Darling.See more »
Continuity: When April comes backstage to see Kitty after returning home from the convent, the shot from outside the dressing room shows Kitty sitting at her mirror and then turning to see April in the doorway. In the next shot, from inside the dressing room, she once again is sitting at her mirror and once again turns to see April entering.See more »
Hitch Nelson:I'm not goin' to get married unless I'm gonna be the boss.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years at the Movies (1994) (TV)See more »
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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Helen Morgan Is a Marvel as Kitty Darling, 22 March 2006
Author: drednm from United States

WOW what a terrific film..... 27-year-old Helen Morgan is superb as the frowzy Kitty Darling, the burlesque queen who sends her daughter away to convent school only to have her fall into the clutches of her villainous lover.

Rouben Mamoulian does a spectacular job directing this VERY early all-talkie. Amazing camera angles and lighting, silhouettes, overlapping dialog, songs, music.... he completely captures the sleazy stage world on stage and off.

The film is a pleasure from the very opening with the playbill blowing across the street to Kitty's tragic ending and then ironic kiss between the lovers in front of her poster.

Joan Peers is very good as the daughter, Henry Wadsworth is also good as the young sailor, and Fuller Mellish Jr. is one rotten villain.

The DVD came with "extras" (which I usually never watch) that gave great background material on Helen Morgan, the censorship of the film, and the search for 200-lb former burlesque queens to "round out" the "Beef Trust." But Helen Morgan is just great.... she has all the pathos of Julie from SHOW BOAT (she starred in the original Broadway production) with a twinge of Shelley Winters.... Great performance!

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