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Coquette (1929)

Unrated | | Drama, Romance | 6 April 1929 (USA)
A flirtatious southern belle is compromised with one of her beaus.



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Complete credited cast:
Michael Jeffery (as John Mack Brown)
Stanley Wentworth
Dr. John Besant
Jimmy Besant
Jasper Carter
Robert Wentworth
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jay Berger


Norma Besant, daughter of a Southern doctor, is an incorrigible flirt and has many boys on her string. She begins to favor Michael Jeffrey, who, shiftless and hot-tempered but fundamentally honorable, is warned off by her father. When Michael returns after a long absence, the pair are innocently compromised, and Dr. Besant's old-South paternal rage brings tragedy. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

6 April 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Coqueta  »

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$489,106 (estimated)

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Pickford ensured Coquette's continued commercial success, which was critical for a film to qualify for an Academy Award, by waging an effective publicity campaign. Driving it was a contest for a fan to win the film's standout costume-Howard Greer's "orchid dress" of silk organza. Its pretty, drop-waist skirt hung in petal-like tiers, while a silk orchid prettified its cummerbund. Pickford was photographed giving it away to the one among seven thousand contestants whose measurements matched her petite size four- Marie Hilkevitch, a grocery store checkout clerk. See more »


Norma Besant: I sorta got things twisted. But, I was wonderin', did we have a date to go to the dance tonight?
Stanley Wentworth: Why, I thought I...
Norma Besant: That's just what I thought too, Stanley; but, it was so long ago, I kinda forgot.
Stanley Wentworth: Yeah, one does forget, I suppose.
Norma Besant: It was just the funniest thing, but, you see I-I kinda forgot. You 'member I was over at Nellie Anne's a couple a weeks ago? And, I-I met Michael.
Stanley Wentworth: Oh, well I see where I take another ride in the rumble seat.
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(1853) (uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Played as background music
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11 December 2005 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Mary Pickford did not win the 1930 Academy Award for this film for no reason. Contrary to the previous comment this film is wonderfully portrayed by the actress who, with no previous knowledge of how old she was to weigh me down, seemed wonderful as 'Norma.' Although not directly pertinent now, the issues dealt with in this film are issues that people at the present time would still understand and should- without a doubt- understand after watching the film. The previous commenter must not understand human nature if she/he could not comprehend the beauty in this film. This film made me realize that too many films now focus on materialism instead of love and compassion.

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