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25 October 1929 (USA) See more »
Hear the Bow Lines --- Snap and Sparkle with "It"! See more »
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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Generally unexceptional but some sparkling Bow moments. 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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Even though she hated this film, Clara Bow got along very well with Jean Arthur, perhaps in part because both actresses had suffered so much criticism for how their voices recorded in their films. Arthur remembered Bow as being extremely generous and supportive.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 8 people found the following review useful.
Generally unexceptional but some sparkling Bow moments., 24 June 2000
Author: Raymond Valinoti, Jr. ( from Murray Hill, NJ

In THE SATURDAY NIGHT KID, Clara Bow plays Mayme, a salesgirl who's in love with a fellow clerk named Bill (James Hall). Her sister Janie (Jean Arthur) also has eyes for him and schemes to snare for herself. The scenario is ordinary and the resolution is both banal and predictable. Clara Bow's performance in her third talkie is good, proving she could easily handle sound. Unfortunately, her role is, for the most part, colorless and inhibited. Mayme lacks the free-spiritedness and boldness of such roles like Alverna in MANTRAP and Betty Lou in IT; she's just a blandly virtuous heroine searching for true love. It doesn't help that her leading man Hall is uncharismatic and dull.

Occasionally, however, Bow gets to shine. She displays her comedic flair in some funny sequences, particularly a scene where she tries to help the inexperienced Hall in a difficult task without making him look incompetent. Bow also exhibits a flash of her effervescent "It" persona in a flirtatious chasing sequence. And in her big dramatic moments, Clara is persuasive and invigorating, making one regret she rarely had the opportunity for substantial dramatic material.

Jean Arthur is delightfully perfidious as Janie. Among the supporting players, Edna May Oliver as Mayme's snooty, imperious supervisor Miss Streeter and Charles Sellon as Lem Woodruff, the fumbling proprietor of the boardinghouse Mayme, Janie, and Bill live in, stand out. In an early film appearance, Jean Harlow has too minute a role to create any impression.

Overall, THE SATURDAY NIGHT KID is a pedestrian movie that doesn't take full advantage of Bow's talents. Considering that many of Clara Bow's films are lost or deteriorating, however, one should be grateful that this film has been recently restored.

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