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The Life of the Party (1930)

Passed | | Comedy | 25 October 1930 (USA)
Two attractive female song-pluggers decide to become gold-diggers, with comic results.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Winnie Lightner ...
Flo
Irene Delroy ...
Dot
Jack Whiting ...
A.J. Smith
Charles Butterworth ...
Colonel Joy
Charles Judels ...
Mons. LeMaire
John Davidson ...
Mr. Smith
Arthur Hoyt ...
Secretary
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Broadway song-pluggers Flo and Dot, besieged with admirers, are fired; disgusted with men, they decide to become gold-diggers. After a first success in "taking" fashion retailer LeMaire, they try the millionaires' playground of Havana, where mistaken identities bring their schemes to comic confusion. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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IT'S A KICK IN THE SHINS! You'll laugh till you cry At this glorious riot of fun! See more »

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25 October 1930 (USA)  »

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Charivari  »

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(Vitaphone)

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(TV prints)| (2-Strip Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the initial scene as Flo (Winnie Lightner) sells sheet music, she begins to shout out the titles of the songs. The first one is "Singin' in the Bathtub" which Lightner introduced in "The Show of Shows," followed by songs from "The Gold Diggers of Broadway" in which she also appeared. See more »

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References Journey's End (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Happy
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Ted Koehler (1930)
Played as background music during the first intertitle
Reprised as background music once more
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Winnie Lightner in a All Talking All Technicolor Comedy!
2 May 2001 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

This great comedy was planned as a musical but the musical numbers were cut out before general release due to the fact that the public had grown tired by late 1930. Only one song was left in the picture. Winnie Lightner is at her best in this All Talking All Technicolor Comedy! Winnie Lightner and her friend (played by Irene Delroy) decide to do some gold digging when they are fired from their job in a sheet music store. They find a dressmaker named Le Maire (played by Charles Judels) to work on and once they got the goods they take off for Havana! Meanwhile the dressmaker is happy thinking he is going to spend the night with the girls along with his friend. He goes wild in a hilarious scene where he starts breaking all the furniture while his friend only says "Yoo-Hoo" and makes him even more irritated! Some of the funny gags in this comedy include a scence where the dressmaker is showing the girls some dresses and says "And this one the prince wanted to wear but his mother would not let him!" This comedy was originally made in Technicolor. The last known print was throwed away by Technicolor Corporation in the 1950's after a black and white print has been made to show on television. But even in black and white this film is a riot! :) Towards the end of the film LeMaire catches up with the two golddiggers and literally destroyed a room shouted "I Will Call The Police If I Don't Get The Money For The Dresses" After he gets a check he says: "And I'm gald I didn't lose my temper!" One of the best early Warner Brother talking comedies.


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