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Loose Ankles (1930)

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In this light romantic comedy, 17-year old Loretta Young is cast as Ann Harper, a wealthy socialite who has inherited a fortune provided the family is involved in no scandals appearing in ... See full summary »

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Ann Harper
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Gil Hayden
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Aunt Sarah Harper
Ethel Wales ...
Aunt Katherine Harper
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Major Rupert Harper
Daphne Pollard ...
Agnes
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Betty
Norman Selby ...
Terry Todd
Edward J. Nugent ...
Andy Martin (as Eddie Nugent)
Raymond Keane ...
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In this light romantic comedy, 17-year old Loretta Young is cast as Ann Harper, a wealthy socialite who has inherited a fortune provided the family is involved in no scandals appearing in print, and her two aunts and uncle consent to the marriage. Put off by all this, she is determined to cause a scandal so that none of the family will receive any of the inheritance. An arrow-straight Fairbanks is volunteered to be the one to "compromise" her, but the two end up falling for each other. Upon being discovered in Loretta's boudoir, Fairbanks makes a hasty exit out of the nearest window. The romance seems destined to fail, but Fairbanks (and his two friends) have other ideas, which are accidentally "aided" by the two prudish aunts. Written by bughouse

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2 February 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Herdeira à Solta  »

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Trivia

Louise Fazenda and Ethel Wales are credited on-screen with names "Katherine" and "Sarah" respectively, but within the film, Fazenda is called Sarah and Wales is called Katherine. See more »

Goofs

Onscreen credits list Louise Fazenda as "Sarah" and Ethel Wales as "Katherine", but Fazenda is consistently called "Katherine" and Wales is consistently called "Sarah". See more »

Connections

Version of Ladies at Play (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

Am I Blue?
(1929)
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Grant Clarke
Played as dance music at the Circus Cafe
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23 December 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A free spirited young heiress with LOOSE ANKLES shocks her rapacious relatives by embarking on a scandal with a naïve paid escort.

Loretta Young & Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. star in this forgotten pre-Code comedy. Heady with too much dialogue, as were so many of the first talkies, it tends to creak badly, leaving the performers to strain a bit for laughs. Very little more is required from the two leads than to look attractive and recite their lines. However, there are some fun performances from the supporting cast which makes the film worthwhile.

Louise Fazenda & Ethel Wales are a hoot as two stuffy old prunes who loosen-up when liquored-up at a fancy speakeasy--Fazenda's flat-on-the-floor wrestling match with gigolo Eddie Nugent is worth sitting through the rest of the movie. Spunky little Daphne Pollard (the occasional cinematic bane of Oliver Hardy's life) scores as Miss Young's feisty maid; watching her divest Fairbanks of his trousers so as to cinch the scandal is hilarious. Otis Harlan appears as a blustery Major.

Movie mavens will recognize silent comic Billy Bletcher, uncredited as the diminutive relative from Logan.


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