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The Life of the Party (1930)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  25 October 1930 (USA)
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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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SHE'S A PANIC! Wise-Cracking "Gold Diggers" Star in a new 1930 laugh riot! See more »

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25 October 1930 (USA)  »

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Charivari  »

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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 Courage (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus (Here Comes the Bride)
(1850) (uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Written by Richard Wagner
Played at the modiste's when a model wears a wedding dress
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Inconsequential but fun, with enjoyable performances
16 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Often-witty dialogue can't quite save a predictable, simplistic plot, but Winnie Lightner and Irene Delroy keep the film quite entertaining. The film as a whole is totally inconsequential, but several of the performances, especially those of the two leads, are enough to recommend it.

Lightner's forceful, abrasive, energetic, and often hilarious performance is a perfect foil for Delroy's sweet, dewy, and relatively languid one. Charles Butterworth's underplayed humor is very welcome in a minor role, while the unfunny slapstick subplot anchored by Charles Judels' almost grotesque performance as Monsieur LeMaire throws the film off pitch whenever it resurfaces throughout.

Overall, simple, predictable, and worth a watch.


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