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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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Jack Vibart
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De Boer
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Oliver Hemingway
Ilka Chase ...
Fanny
Vivien Oakland ...
Maud
Jed Prouty ...
Old Man Dell
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Lord Rumblesham
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Harry Fontaine
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Mrs. Vibart
Robert Bolder ...
Commodore - Stage Doorman
Jane Keithley ...
Constance Caraway
Maude Turner Gordon ...
Mrs. Caraway
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Georgie Smith
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Younger Vibart Daughter
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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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31 May 1930 (USA)  »

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

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Although included among the more than 700 features in the original 1956 MGM television package, this one's age and obscurity destined it for only a handful of presentations, in less predominant markets, among them Wednesday 22 June 1960 on KYW (Channel 3) in Cleveland, Ohio, and Sunday 24 July 1960 on KPHO (Channel 5) in Phoenix, Arizona. Today's vintage film enthusiasts have it much better, with an occasional welcome showing on Turner Classic Movies, and its original finale now restored in 2-strip Technicolor. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

De Boer: Hello Fanny. Sit right down, dear. There you are. Now, Oliver, you're the host, so give us a good, lusty swing.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314 (On the Beautiful Blue Danube)
(1866) (uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Played as dance music at Caraway's ball
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Charming Davies Americana
27 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Marion Davies is quite good in her 3rd talkie, THE FLORODORA GIRL, playing one of the 1890s stage sensations. While the other girls are raking in jewelry and marrying wealthy men, Davies can't quite figure out the game and waits for Mr. Right. He appears in the person of society man, Jack Vibart (Lawrence Gray), but he has a terrible reputation as a womanizer and is engaged to a socialite. The girls decide to teach Davies how to play the game to rake in the loot, but she really doesn't want to scam Vibart. Turns out he is a fortune hunter since his family is broke. Can the lovers united? Several plot devices later, there is a happy, 2-strip Technicolor ending, possibly the only color footage Davies appears in.

Nice film, accurate depiction of 1890s America. This film again proves the wonderful comedic talents of Marion Davies and draws from her early days on Broadway as a Ziegfeld Girl and musical star. She's marvelous, and so is Gray.

Good supporting cast with Ilka Chase, Sam Hardy, George Chandler, Jed Prouty, Nance O'Neil, Vivian Oakland, Walter Catlett, Maude Turner Gordon, Anita Louise, and Louis John Bartels.

Best scenes include Davies all dolled up in a makeshift gown from the theater's costume department, crashing a society ball and the color finale, which finally shows the musical routine that had the theater world agog: "Tell Me, Pretty Maiden." Sweet, innocent film, and very well done. Davies and Gray had starred together in the silent classic, THE PATSY, as well as Davies' starring talkie debut in MARIANNE.


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