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Bayard Veiller (adapted from: "The Chatterbox" by)
Wallace Smith (screen play)
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Release Date:
20 April 1930 (USA) See more »
Depression Lessons #8
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Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon Are Terrific See more (2 total) »


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Bebe Daniels ... Gertie Jones - aka Marie

Ben Lyon ... Jimmy Hartigan
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Detective Kelcey (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
Daisy Belmore ... Mrs. Matson

John Ince ... Mr. William Matson
Betty Pierce ... Nellie
Maude Turner Gordon ... Mrs. Barton - Dowager (as Maud Turner Gordon)

Nella Walker ... Morton's Wife
Charles Giblyn ... Morton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddy Chandler ... Motorcycle Cop (uncredited)
Ray Cooke ... Office Boy (uncredited)

Charles K. French ... Appelgetzer (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Prison Warden (uncredited)
Arthur Housman ... Bert aka Denver Red (uncredited)

Frank Mills ... Cabibe (uncredited)

Harry Tenbrook ... Marty the Mug (uncredited)
Adele Watson ... Ms. Jenks (uncredited)

Directed by
George Archainbaud 
Writing credits
Bayard Veiller (adapted from: "The Chatterbox" by)

Wallace Smith (screen play)

Produced by
Henry Hobart .... associate producer
William LeBaron .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb (uncredited)
Cinematography by
J. Roy Hunt (photographed by)
Art Direction by
Max Rée 
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... recordist
Music Department
Harry Ruby .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Love Finds a Way" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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66 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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The film is preserved at the Library of Congress.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Smooth as Satin (1925)See more »


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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon Are Terrific, 3 June 2010
Author: drednm from United States

In her third talkie, Bebe Daniels stars here as Gertie Jones, a thief who poses as a French maid to rob old ladies of their jewels. In the middle of a job, she is interrupted by a safecracker, Ben Lyon. When the pair is caught by the police, Lyon gallantly takes the rap and serves a year in prison. They fall in love.

Once out of prison, Daniels pushes for the couple to go straight. They meet a nice elderly couple and the man takes Lyon as a business partner for a $30,000 investment. They revel in "the straight life" until fate take an ironic turn.

Daniels and Lyon, both major silent stars, are quite good in this 1930 talkie. The chemistry between them is obvious; indeed, they married soon after making this film. While the plot is rather creaky, the stars inject tons of personality and make this watchable.

Robert Emmett O'Connor plays Kelsey the cop, Nella Walker and Maude Turner Gordon play rich victims, Arthur Housman plays a crook, Ray Cooke plays the wise-cracking office boy, Betty Pierce plays the sad-sack Nellie, and John Ince and Daisy Belmore play the kindly older couple.

Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon would make a few more films together in the US and UK before turning to radio in the early 40s. Their "Hi, Gang!" series was a hit and was made into a 1941 feature film. From there they starred in "Life with the Lyons" on radio, TV, and 2 feature films with their children, Barbara and Richard.

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