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
Louis Natheaux ...
Jimmy Alexander
Collette Merton ...
Julie
Dixie Gay ...
Susie
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A flapper with a dubious reputation enjoys a vivacious night of dancing and finds herself romantically linked to her boss.

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Flaming Youth - 1929 Model!

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10 April 1930 (Finland)  »

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That's a Bad Girl  »

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1.33 : 1
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In September 1928, Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures and from that point on, all "First National" productions were actually made under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued to retain separate identities until the mid-1930's, after which time "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used. See more »

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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 »


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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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I saw the restored version in a packed theater with a live orchestra - amazing!
8 April 2016 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

Why Be Good? was shown at the Silent Film Festival 2015 in San Francisco, in a 1920's movie house with a live orchestra. You can't get better than that! The line to get in went around the block, but it was sooo worth it: a rediscovered and just-restored silent film at a packed art-house theater which happened to be built a few years before this film's original theatrical release, with live musicians playing along so marvelously, it's hard to top it.

We were given brochures and there was a pre-screening talk. It was there I learned that the film's star, Colleen Moore, died thinking all copies of the movie had been forever lost, including her reels which she'd given to a museum for preservation. But just like with Metropolis recently, someone at a cinematheque found a copy and after years of painstaking restoration work it was brought again to the world.

I loved it. Colleen was so great portraying a flapper, and in a full house she and the other actors sure made us laugh a lot. I was very impressed with the Art Deco sets, the ingenious Boiler Room scene, and the moral of the story which I won't spoil. But yes there was a moral in the midst of all the dancing and comedy, and it was one that made all the women in the theater cheer!

So big kudos to the restoration folks, and the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra for the superb live accompaniment. It makes me wish every movie I attended had live musicians now.


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