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Frederick Lonsdale (story)
Benjamin Glazer (screen adaptation)
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Release Date:
20 December 1930 (USA) See more »
Spendthrift Willie Leyland again returns to the family home in London penniless. His father is none... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Wholly delightful comedy romance See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ronald Colman ... William Hale
Frederick Kerr ... Lord Leland Hale

Loretta Young ... Dorothy Hope

David Torrence ... Mr. Hope

Florence Britton ... Susan Hale

Myrna Loy ... Mary Crayle

Paul Cavanagh ... Grand Duke Paul

Crauford Kent ... Arthur Hale (as Crawford Kent)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Frances Dade ... Bidder for Bed (uncredited)
Elsie Esmond ... Molly - Mary Crayle's Maid (uncredited)

Herbert Evans ... Racing Fan at Derby (uncredited)
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Hope (uncredited)

Forrester Harvey ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Gus Leonard ... Pet Shop Owner (uncredited)
Gordon McLeod ... Club Member (uncredited)
Vesey O'Davoren ... Butler (uncredited)
Alexander Pollard ... Lord Leland's Butler (uncredited)

Jack Richardson ... Porter (uncredited)
Eric Wilton ... Racing Fan at Derby (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Racing Fan at Derby (uncredited)

Directed by
George Fitzmaurice  (as Geo. Fitzmaurice)
Writing credits
Frederick Lonsdale (story and dialogue)

Benjamin Glazer (screen adaptation)

Produced by
George Fitzmaurice .... producer
Samuel Goldwyn .... producer
Original Music by
Alfred Newman (uncredited)
Cinematography by
George Barnes (photography) (as George S. Barnes)
Gregg Toland 
Film Editing by
Grant Whytock 
Casting by
Robert McIntyre (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Richard Day 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
H. Bruce Humberstone .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Frank Maher .... sound recordist
Other crew
G.S. McDonell .... technical advisor (as Lt. Col. G.S. McDonell)
Lady Maureen Stanley .... technical advisor
Ivan F. Simpson .... dialogue staged by (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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72 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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This was Frederick Lonsdale's first original screenplay, and it was not based on a play, as some references state.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Willie is in conference with Lord Leland, the details of the fireplace can be seen in detail, and it is obvious that the inside is a flat painted to resemble a hearth.See more »
Lord Leland:Here it is half-past nine and not a sign of him.
Dorothy Hope:Have you called the police?
Lord Leland:Do you know Master Willie?
Dorothy Hope:No, I've never met him.
Lord Leland:Well, if you had, you'd know telephoning a policeman's wife would be more effective.
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Wholly delightful comedy romance, 23 May 2008
Author: robert-temple-1 from United Kingdom

This film directed by George Fitzmaurice, who made so many excellent films, is well up to his excellent standard. It is crisp, witty, with some wonderful lines, and has the inimitable Ronald Colman in the romantic lead. Colman plays the irresistibly charming younger son of a wealthy English peer. He is financially irresponsible (spending, for instance, £15 of his last £20 in the world on a cute little terrier whom he names George), but open, wildly generous, contemptuous of lucre, irreverent in the politest possible way, and hopelessly sentimental. He is so dashing that all the women fall in love with him. His girlfriend is a star of the music halls, and hence in 1930 a denizen of the demi-monde, played with her typical svelte, narrow-eyed silkiness by the youthful Myrna Loy. Fitzmaurice was not a great user of closeups, and gals of that day had their faces half-hidden with those awful clinging hats anyway, so we do not get as good glimpses of the faces of the two heroines as we would like. The director seems more interested in the charming Colman, anyway. The romantic female lead is the youthful and fresh-faced Loretta Young, who had not yet become the proto-Julie Andrews we generally know her as, but was still a blushing girl exuding all the sweetness of a rose garden and laughing merrily and heartily the whole time. It is obvious that a character with her terrific sense of humour was needed to appreciate the snob-busting social anarchism of the refreshing aristocratic character played by Colman. The plot barely matters, as is so often the case with these light and amusing films. This is just such fun.

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