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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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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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A whoopee picture about the wild younger set. The real low down on flaming youth-right from the shoulder, right to your heart. You are the loser if you don't see "Why Be Good." (print ad- Anniston (Ala.) Star, 24 March 1929) 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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Excerpts from Victor 78 RPM phonograph records played and heard on soundtrack: "Blazin'" (music by Joe Sanders) by The Coon-Sanders Orchestra, recorded June 27, 1928, released on Victor 21680-B; "Freshman Hop" (written by Albert Goering and Jack Pettis) by Jack Pettis and his Pets, recorded November 6, 1928, released on Victor 21793-A; "Here Comes My Ball and Chain" (Lyric by Lou Davis, Music by J. Fred Coots) by The Coon-Sanders Orchestra, recorded November 27, 1928 on Victor 21812-B. See more »

Goofs

When the Store Manager takes Pert Kelly's file from the file cabinet he takes it from the drawer beneath the one marked O-P, not from the drawer marked K, as would be expected. See more »

Quotes

Winthrop Peabody Sr.: I suppose - you mean you want to marry her?
Winthrop Peabody Jr.: Yes, Dad!
Winthrop Peabody Sr.: Son, I don't hold for caste distinction - it's as right for you to marry a girl who works for a living - as anyone else - From what you've seen of her, do you believe she's - a - good girl? It's pretty hard to tell nowadays - what with the drinking, the spooning, the kissing - and - and the broad-mindedness.
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Narcissus
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Music by Ethelbert Nevin
Paraphrased briefly when the customer asks Pert for collars
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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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