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Paul Perez (titles)
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10 April 1930 (Finland) See more »
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A flapper with a dubious reputation enjoys a vivacious night of dancing and finds herself romantically linked to her boss. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (Credited cast)

Colleen Moore ... Pert Kelly

Neil Hamilton ... Winthrop Peabody Jr.
Bodil Rosing ... Ma Kelly

John St. Polis ... Pa Kelly (as John Sainpolis)

Edward Martindel ... Winthrop Peabody Sr.
Eddie Clayton ... Tom
Lincoln Stedman ... Jerry
Louis Natheaux ... Jimmy Alexander
Collette Merton ... Julie
Dixie Gay ... Susie
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84 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Vitaphone) (Western Electric Equipment) (musical score and sound effects) | Silent (alternate version)

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First National Pictures production #153.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
Winthrop Peabody Jr.:The gang dropped in to say goodbye to me. You know, I start in the store tomorrow.
Winthrop Peabody Sr.:Sort of a farewell - what do you call it - Whoopee?
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
I saw the restored version in a packed theater with a live orchestra - amazing!, 8 April 2016
Author: SanFranciscoCinephile from San Francisco, California

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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