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Release Date:
25 October 1929 (USA) See more »
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Mayme 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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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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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Bad Sister, 5 August 2008
Author: wes-connors from Los Angeles

Boarding house sisters Clara Bow (as Mayme Barry) and Jean Arthur (as Janie Barry) both work as salesgirls in "Ginsberg's Department Store". Ms. Bow is in love with dashing James Hall (as William "Bill" Taylor). Conveniently, Mr. Hall rooms at the same boarding house, and also works at "Ginsberg's". Her friends think Bow may give up her reputation as "The Saturday Night Kid", and marry Hall. But, Ms. Arthur has other plans; Bow's sneaky little sister "borrows" her underwear, perfume, money - and, finally, her man.

This sound re-make of "Love 'Em and Leave 'Em" puts Bow in the successful department store setting of "It". The locale, and situations, really don't work; but, the makeshift terrace party area looks great. Bow is fine as "Mayme", but she might have been better than Arthur as "Janie". Arthur's character is so transparent, and annoying, it's difficult to understand her extraordinary ability to deceive; and, this version of the play leaves her character "unresolved". Edna May Oliver (as Miss Streeter) makes an impressive sound debut, and Jean Harlow has a small role.

**** The Saturday Night Kid (10/25/29) A. Edward Sutherland ~ Clara Bow, Jean Arthur, James Hall

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