After accidentally killing the man who raped her and forced her into prostitution, a New Orleans woman flees to a Caribbean island. While she awaits her fiancé, the vicious local police chief sets his sights on her.
William A. Wellman
A relationship gradually develops between a savvy New York street girl and a good-hearted cab driver--who first meet when she stiffs him for the fare--but other matters keep getting in their way, including financial problems and a murder.
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Frisco Jenny was orphaned by the 1906 earthquake and fire and has become the madame of a prosperous bawdy house. She puts her son up for adoption and he rises to prominence as district ... See full summary »
William A. Wellman
Helen Jerome Eddy
Jerry and Ted are young, in love, and part of the New York 'in-crowd'. Jerry's decision to marry Ted crushes a yearning Paul. Distraught Paul gets drunk and wrecks his car, disfiguring young Dorothy's face in the process. Out of pity, Paul marries Dorothy. Years later, the apparent perfect marriage of Ted and Jerry falls apart from infidelity on both sides. Inwardly unhappy, popular Jerry lives a party life while Ted sinks into a life of alcoholism. Jerry then runs into Paul, who still loves her. After spending time together with Jerry, Paul plans to divorce Dorothy. When Jerry sees Dorothy again, she has second thoughts about where her life is heading. Written by
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Ursula Parrott's novel "Ex-Wife" was a runaway bestseller in 1929. MGM was a little wary of being too closely associated with such a racy novel so did not credit the source book directly. Instead the screen credit reads "Based on a novel by Ursula Parrott". See more »
1928 was Jerry's 3rd Wedding Anniversary, yet, the band in the nightclub/speakeasy is playing "Happy Days are Here Again" which was not composed for another year. See more »
A man should be willing to lay down more tha one wife for his country.
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OK, it's in black and white and if you're used to computer animation and pyrotechnics, it'll seem "different." I thought it was sensitive and insightful and mirrored some of real life's difficult lessons. I thought it moved quickly and was very engaging. The fact that it was made in 1930 and was still as good as it is is a testimony to the screenplay and the underlying themes. If you like any variety of chick-flicks, you'll like this movie. If you have any interest in relationships, you'll like this movie. If you watch the movie and you don't like it because it's not in color, there are no special effects, etc. then you need to get used to these old movies. Some of them are fabulous, and this is one of them. I shouldn't focus on the dating of it, but I enjoy considering the fact that this was made in 1930. This is 2005 and things haven't changed much, if at all.
By the way, the acting was very good.
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