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Why Be Good? (1929)

A flapper with a dubious reputation enjoys a vivacious night of dancing and finds herself romantically linked to her boss.

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Pert Kelly
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Winthrop Peabody Jr.
Bodil Rosing ...
Ma Kelly
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Pa Kelly (as John Sainpolis)
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Winthrop Peabody Sr.
Eddie Clayton ...
Tom
Lincoln Stedman ...
Jerry
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Jimmy Alexander
Collette Merton ...
Julie
Dixie Gay ...
Susie
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Storyline

A young shop girl is dance mad, even winning prize cups in competitions. Circulating with lots of people gives her a dubious reputation, but we see it's unwarranted. The son of the owner of the department store she works in falls for her without realizing her status. at length, he puts her to a test to see just what kind of girl she is. Written by WesternOne

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Flaming Youth - 1929 Model! See more »

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10 April 1930 (Finland)  »

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That's a Bad Girl  »

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(Vitaphone) (Western Electric Equipment) (musical score and sound effects)| (alternate version)

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1.33 : 1
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The film was lost for decades, until it was recently found and restored. See more »

Goofs

When Peabody, Sr. enters the Store Manager's office he calls him Ralph. But the name on the Manager's door is H.B. Lewis. See more »

Quotes

Winthrop Peabody Jr.: But what about - the kissing - the spooning - the - everything - ?
Pert Kelly: Who is it demands the kissing and the spooning - who but you - you men - Nowadays?
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Hello Montreal
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Music by Harry Warren
Played when Junior's friends pour themselves beer
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It'll make you wish you were born in 1905
5 December 2016 | by (Regina, SK) – See all my reviews

With stellar jazz-age tunes this movie starts on fire and never fades.

It's funny. It's sexy. It challenges the boundaries of the day.

I kept thinking: I was born several decades too late.

Makes me sad Colleen Moore didn't make many movies after this, before retiring in the mid-30s. Also fun to see ''Commissioner Gordon'' in the silent era. Supporting cast is well above average. And maybe most surprising of all it's all so natural. None of that ham- boned silent-era acting. It's almost as if the actors were delivering their lines in a talkie.

Thank heavens for TCM, or we'd never see this great movie.I could watch this movie over and over again.


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