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A successful Broadway star ready to retire from her wild career announces her engagement. But her tumultuous past isn't done with her yet.



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What a Cast and Story - Crammed With Drama -- Songs -- Girls -- Hatred. And How Dorothy Does That Hula-Hula -- Oh Boy!


Musical | Drama





Release Date:

21 September 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adventures in Africa  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Apparatus)


(TV prints)| (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 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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Worth a look for Dorothy Mackaill-addicts...
28 April 2001 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Frantic soaper concerning a musical star on Broadway who is on the verge of leaving show business behind for married life; during her latest stage-extravaganza, police investigate a murder/suicide backstage. Hackneyed early talkie is too ambitious for its own good (and attempts to pack too much plot into 70 minutes of running time). Dorothy Mackaill doesn't fire off many zingers in this one but, as always, she's hypnotically fascinating. Mackaill may have become another Bette Davis had she hit Hollywood just a few years later. Supporting cast and surrounding chaos don't do Dot justice. *1/2 from ****

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