7 user 4 critic

The Florodora Girl (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 31 May 1930 (USA)
The married friends of a New York chorus girl encourage her to pursue a handsome but poor socialite.



(story), (dialogue) | 3 more credits »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Marianne I (1929)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

During World War I, a young French woman struggles to choose between two suitors: a blind soldier to whom she is engaged and an American serviceman.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Marion Davies, George Baxter, Lawrence Gray
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A young woman living in an Irish fishing village inherits her late grandfather's estate, but is forced to spend three years in England training to be a proper lady to collect the fortune.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Marion Davies, Onslow Stevens, J. Farrell MacDonald
Not So Dumb (1930)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Not-so-smart chatterbox Dulcy Parker does and says all the wrong things, but they right themselves to prove she's not so dumb after all.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Marion Davies, Elliott Nugent, Raymond Hackett
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Two young women find their friendship strained when one wins a role in a Broadway show, and the other's boyfriend begins to fall for her.

Director: Edmund Goulding
Stars: Marion Davies, Robert Montgomery, Billie Dove
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Lecherous bosses make it difficult for an attractive secretary to keep jobs, so she decides to appear considerably more homely in hopes of holding onto work.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Marion Davies, Robert Montgomery, Frank McHugh
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Runyonesque Broadway gamblers turn patriotic when they stumble onto a cell of Nazi saboteurs.

Director: Vincent Sherman
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Conrad Veidt, Kaaren Verne
Five and Ten (1931)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

After her businessman father moves her family from Kansas City to New York, a woman falls in love with an engaged man.

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: Marion Davies, Leslie Howard, Richard Bennett
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A talented boxer and a gifted dancer hope to increase their waning popularity by inventing a fictitious love affair for the benefit of the tabloids.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: Marion Davies, Clark Gable, Allen Jenkins
Framed (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Mike Lambert, seeking a mining job, instead becomes the patsy for a femme-fatale's schemes.

Director: Richard Wallace
Stars: Glenn Ford, Janis Carter, Barry Sullivan
Show People (1928)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A young lady from Georgia goes to Hollywood in the hopes of becoming an actress.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Marion Davies, William Haines, Dell Henderson
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Mary Tudor, sister of England's Henry VIII, causes a stir by falling in love with a guardsman below her class.

Director: Robert G. Vignola
Stars: Marion Davies, Forrest Stanley, Lyn Harding
Comedy | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A scheming promoter and his partner win a beauty contest after submitting a composite photo, convincing a chambermaid to help impersonate the fictional starlet; things go awry when a famed aviator falls in love with the picture.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Marion Davies, Pat O'Brien, Dick Powell


Cast overview, first billed only:
Oliver Hemingway
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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | Musical | Romance


Passed | See all certifications »




Release Date:

31 May 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)


| (2-strip Technicolor) (finale)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The 2-strip Technicolor finale, which runs 608 feet, or about 7 minutes, includes rare color footage of Marion Davies. 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 »


Jack Vibart: You know, I've known a lot of girls.
Daisy Dell: So I've heard.
Jack Vibart: But, I think you're the most charming one I've ever met.
Daisy Dell: And I think you're all to the mustard too!
See more »


Featured in Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies (2001) See more »


A Hot Time in the Old Town
(1896) (uncredited)
Music by Theo. A. Metz
Lyrics by Joe Hayden
Performed by Marion Davies and the gang at the beach as part of a medley
Reprised at the party after the horse race
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Davies Steals the Film
6 August 2012 | by 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.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 7 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page