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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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Storyline

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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Comedy

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Passed | See all certifications »
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25 October 1930 (USA)  »

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Charivari  »

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1.37 : 1
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The title credits on the present surviving version, as well as the anachronistically more modern music behind them, were designed in the 1950s for the television release. The original material and musical accompaniment begins with the first title card, "New York was originally purchased from the Indians..." See more »

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References Courage (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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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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