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The Florodora Girl (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 31 May 1930 (USA)
A chorus girl gets bad advice from her fellow chorines in handling a rich suitor who assumes she is a gold-digger. But she assumes he is after "one thing" and is holding out for marriage. ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Vibart
De Boer
Oliver Hemingway
Ilka Chase ...
Vivien Oakland ...
Jed Prouty ...
Old Man Dell
Lord Rumblesham
Sam Hardy ...
Harry Fontaine
Mrs. Vibart
Robert Bolder ...
Commodore - Stage Doorman
Jane Keithley ...
Constance Caraway
Maude Turner Gordon ...
Mrs. Caraway
Georgie Smith
Younger Vibart Daughter


A chorus girl gets bad advice from her fellow chorines in handling a rich suitor who assumes she is a gold-digger. But she assumes he is after "one thing" and is holding out for marriage. After meeting his mother, she learns that her beau is engaged to a society girl. He loses his money and they drift apart. But after making a new fortune, he comes to the theater. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

31 May 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Florodora Girl (A Story of the Gay Nineties)  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)


| (2-strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was the film which opened the famous Pantages Theatre at Hollywood and Vine. See more »


In the beach scene, which begins Reel #3 @ 0:18:40, the opening shot begins with the clapper boy crossing the set with clapper in hand, obviously a modern day printing error in the version presently in circulation which 1930 audiences would not have witnessed. See more »


Daisy Dell: Oh, you've had enough.
[Daisy takes away a pint of beer away from her Pop as he is drinking it]
Old Man Dell: Wait, now, ducky, I didn't see the bottom.
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Featured in Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies (2001) See more »


On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away
(1897) (uncredited)
Music and lyrics by Paul Dresser
Performed offscreen by the gang at the beach
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Davies Steals the Film
6 August 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

The Florodora Girl (1930)

*** (out of 4)

Set during the Gay Nineties, this film stars Marion Davies playing a chorus girl who is being taught how to play the "game" by a couple veterans. The game consists of landing a rich husband and she has one guy (Lawrence Gray) interested but the friends are constantly messing up the relationship. Soon the man finds himself broke and his mother objects to him marrying someone without money. It's funny but I never really considered Davies one of my favorite actresses but after viewing this movie I realized that I had seen the majority of her sound work, which is a lot more than I can say for some of my favorites. What I've come to realize with Davies is that even when the film isn't all that good and even when her performance might not be right, she still manages to come across very charming and fun. Whenever she is on she can be dynamite and that's exactly what she is in this piece, which has to be one of the best, if not the best film she did during the sound era. I was really impressed with how wonderful her performance was here because the comic timing was perfect but so was the more dramatic moments. I thought the first hour was extremely tight and well directed with Davies really going all out. There are countless funny situations and the majority of them work extremely well including one bit where she's on a swing with Gray. There's also a very funny sequence dealing with a "becoming a father" joke. Gray is also very good in his spot as the boyfriend and the rest of the supporting cast are good as well. With that said, there's no doubt that this film belongs to Davies. The final ten-minutes were originally shot in Technicolor but it has faded so bad that the sequence looks orange but I still enjoyed seeing Davies in somewhat color.

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