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Children of Pleasure (1930)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 26 April 1930 (USA)
Successful songwriter falls for society girl who is just playing around. He doesn't realize that his girl-Friday is the one he really loves until it is almost too late. Although he is ... See full summary »

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Pat Thayer (as Helen Johnson)
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Successful songwriter falls for society girl who is just playing around. He doesn't realize that his girl-Friday is the one he really loves until it is almost too late. Although he is dazzled by high society, he overhears the society girl's admission of just fooling in time to avoid marriage. Played against a theatrical backdrop, there are lots of songs and production numbers. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Manhattan  »

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The play opened in New York on 13 August 1928. See more »

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Edited into Roast-Beef and Movies (1934) See more »

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Dust
(1930) (uncredited)
Music by Fred Fisher
Lyrics by Andy Rice
Sung by Lawrence Gray and Wynne Gibson
Reprised by May Boley and chorus
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3 August 2014 | by (Edmond, OK, USA) – See all my reviews

Previous reviewers have hit the high spots in summarizing this 1930s musical from MGM. Lots of criticism has been thrown at the perceived inadequacies of the music and dance aspects of the movie. Yes, when looking at it through today's eyes, it looks dated, simplistic, and fairly unpolished. But the higher standards of the coming years hadn't arrived yet, so let's give this a break! Indeed the dance numbers could have been better rehearsed. If one looks closely, the footwork in the production numbers, while lacking Astaire/Rogers-like precision, is still pretty close. Where the real problems come are in the areas of arm, hand, head, and other body motions. It looks like those aspects of performance were never discussed with the cast, so the resulting dances look sloppy. But this was a step in the process of giving us the higher-level musical that some of us love so very much! Watch this film when you get the chance and enjoy this chapter in the development of an All-American art form!


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