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25 October 1929 (USA) See more »
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Jayme and sister Janie are salesgirls in Ginsberg's Department Store. Mayme is in love with store clerk Bill, but Janie tries to steal him from her. Hazel, another salesgirl, is Jean Harlow's first credited role. | Add synopsis »
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Not your typical Clara Bow movie, but still not bad for 1929 See more (8 total) »


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Clara Bow ... Mayme Barry

Jean Arthur ... Janie Barry

James Hall ... William Taylor

Edna May Oliver ... Miss Streeter

Charles Sellon ... Lem Woodruff
Ethel Wales ... Lily Woodruff
Hyman Meyer ... Mr. Ginsberg
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alice Adair ... Girl (uncredited)

Ernie Adams ... Gambler (uncredited)

Irving Bacon ... McGonigle (uncredited)
Getty Bird ... Riche Ginsberg (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Jim (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... (uncredited)
Mary Gordon ... Reducing customer (uncredited)

Jean Harlow ... Hazel (uncredited)
Leone Lane ... Pearl (uncredited)
Frank Ross ... Ken (uncredited)

Directed by
A. Edward Sutherland  (as Edward Sutherland)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
George Abbott  play "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em"
Lloyd Corrigan  adaptation
Ethel Doherty  screenplay
Joseph L. Mankiewicz  titles
Edward E. Paramore Jr.  dialogue
John V.A. Weaver  play "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em"

Original Music by
John Leipold (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Harry Fischbeck 
Film Editing by
Jane Loring (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Edith Head (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eugene Richee .... still photographer (uncredited)
Other crew
B.P. Schulberg .... general manager: West Coast productions

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63 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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This film was based on the play "Love 'em and Leave 'em" which opened at the Sam H. Harris Theater (New York City) on February 3, 1926 and ran for 152 performances. The film was also a remake of the original film version of the play, which was released to the general public on December 6 of that year. Love' em & Leave' em was made at Paramount's Astoria Studios in Long Island, New York.See more »
Customer:Which way to the roof garden?
Bill:[unsure of what else to say] Um... Up!
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Featured in Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell (1993) (TV)See more »


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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Not your typical Clara Bow movie, but still not bad for 1929, 11 January 2004
Author: (stwhite) from Indiana, USA

After audiences of the 1920s had become accustomed to seeing Clara Bow portraying the carefree flapper or an aggressive woman out to get her man, this movie strays from those formulas. Confined by the limitations of the role of Mayme and the constraints of early sound films, Clara is much more inhibited and restrained in this film. That high energy personality and wonderful facial expressions that I love about her, were absent in this movie. As another reviewer stated, Clara would have been much more suited to play the role of Janie(particularly the scene where Janie steals Mayme's boyfriend) that went to a young Jean Arthur. Even when, she was several pounds overweight for a leading lady/sex symbol, Clara still manages too look great and she does well in the somewhat thankless role. Mayme is a "good" girl that has developed a cynical and hard boiled attitude from past romances gone bad. It was also interesting to see Jean Arthur play a selfish, impulsive, immature Janie(who doesn't hesitate to stab her sister in the back if her neck is on the line) after seeing her in more virtuous roles in the 30s and she turns in a good performance despite just an average script and dialogue. The Saturday Night Kid also provides an interesting glimpse into the late 20s lifestyle from riding a street car to working in a department store. Yes, 75 years ago they were doing company "pep rallies" that employees had to attend and show their enthusiasm whether they were enthused to be there or not. There are very few films that were made in 1929 with outstanding productions values and are enjoyable to watch. While this film has it's problems I think it is better than most of the early sound films that I've seen, including THE WILD PARTY with Clara. 6/10

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