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Tanned Legs (1929)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 10 November 1929 (USA)
Peggy and Bill are high society lovebirds, but their marriage plans are put on hold while Peggy spends most of her summer straightening out her wayward parents and her unlucky-in-love ... See full summary »




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Peggy and Bill are high society lovebirds, but their marriage plans are put on hold while Peggy spends most of her summer straightening out her wayward parents and her unlucky-in-love sister Janet. Mama and Papa are set to rights fairly quickly, but Janet's the one with real problems. It seems she sent some compromising love letters to a worthless cad, and now the bounder wants to use the letters for blackmail. Peggy's friend Roger and his flapper sweetheart Tootie hatch an elaborate plan to retrieve the incriminating letters and salvage Janet's reputation. Written by Dan Navarro <daneldorado@yahoo.com>

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Youth struts its stuff in gorgeous revue! See more »


Comedy | Musical


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Release Date:

10 November 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pernas Morenas  »

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(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


The denouement of the story, along with June Clyde's inevitable reconciliation with Arthur Lake, is missing from the TCM print, along with the original end title, which has been replaced by a more modern generic one. See more »


In the scene after the bridge game, when the girls run onto the beach in long shot, the microphone is seen coming down over the two girls speaking. It's a flash of a couple of seconds, but quite visible. See more »


Bill: What is this mission you're talking about?
Peggy Reynolds: My father and mother.
Bill: Well, what's the matter with them?
Peggy Reynolds: Oh, Bill, they're playing with fire.
Bill: Who doesn't now days? They're just havin' some harmless fun.
Peggy Reynolds: Harmless for us maybe, because we're young enough to know better.
Bill: I wouldn't worry about it. They're mature!
Peggy Reynolds: I know it. But, that's the trouble. They're too old to understand the present day technique.
Bill: I'll say you understand it, all right.
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Referenced in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) See more »


Tanned Legs
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Oscar Levant
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
Sung and Danced by Ann Pennington, June Clyde and chorus
Reprised at the dance
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Early Talkie
10 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

The title of this film implies a naïve titillation representative of the pre-Code films.

As movies made the transition from silent screen to talkies, there was a lot of experimentation. In this film, they use the occasional title card to explain or advance the story. It is interesting to see the state of the art in 1929, but in many instances it is amateurish compared to later standards.

Cameras are mostly stationary. The featured music and background music have a long way to go to achieve the potential realized in the sophisticated tunes of the great writer-composers that followed in the thirties. The dancing/choreography is unpolished and synchronization is mostly ignored. The script is disjointed and, sometimes, ridiculous. The ending of the film is laughable.

It would not take long for producers and directors to understand the potential for talkies and to harness the advantages of new film technologies and methods. Only ten years after this film, Hollywood would release a host of films displaying the fully-formed artistic visions of "Gone With the Wind", "The Wizard of Oz", "Ninotchka" and many other classics.

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