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Loose Ankles (1930)

Not Rated  |   |  Comedy, Romance  |  2 February 1930 (USA)
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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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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
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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)  »

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Herdeira à Solta  »

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Trivia

The play opened in New York City, New York, USA on 16 August 1926 and had 168 performances. The leads were played by Kathleen Comegys and Harold Vermilyea, and friends Terry and Andy were played by Charles D. Brown and Osgood Perkins. See more »

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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 »

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Terry Todd: [one of a very drunk foursome] Nah, you girls aren't nearly as bad as you look.
Andy Martin: You couldn't be. Hahaha.
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Version of Ladies at Play (1926) See more »

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Loose Ankles
(1930)
Music by Pete Wendling
Lyrics by Jack Meskill
Played during the opening credits, as background music and at the end
Played on a player piano and sung by Inez Courtney
Played offscreen on piano by Inez Courtney
Played as dance music at the Circus Cafe
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Young and Her Legs Win
7 January 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Loose Ankles (1930)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Rich girl Ann Harper (Loretta Young) inherits her grandmother's fortune but she must get married and have the man approved by two of three selected people as well as avoid any scandal. Feeling the entire thing is a bunch of junk, Ann decides to "hire" Gil Hayden (Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.) to make some trouble and cause her the inheritance. LOOSE ANKLES starts off on a very good path but it quickly falls apart during the second half but there's still plenty of reasons to check this out. If you're a fan of Douglas or especially Young then this here is going to be a must see because the two of them have some nice chemistry together and this helps keep the film moving at a good pace. This is especially true for Young who is very good in the part and the director wastes no time showing off her beautiful legs. The film certainly fits the pre-code standard of allowing more frank situations to enter and there's a very funny scene where Young is trying to undress Fairbanks but not really knowing how. Another funny scene is the will reading where Young really gets a chance to shine. The supporting players are also good and help keep this film moving. I think the film starts off well but begins to fall apart in the second half because things get a tad bit too silly for their own good. Still, fans of the stars or pre-code films should still have plenty here to enjoy.


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