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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
Otis Harlan ...
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 ...
Linton
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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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1.37 : 1
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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 »

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 »

Quotes

Agnes: You'll never get in the newspapers that way. You'll have to take his clothes off.
Ann Harper: What?
Agnes: His clothes off!
Ann Harper: Do you mean... do you mean all of them?
Agnes: Well, as many as you can, Miss.
Ann Harper: This is a new experience for me, but I'll try!
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Version of Ladies at Play (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

Whoopin' It Up!
(1930)
Music by Pete Wendling
Lyrics by Jack Meskill
Played by the band at the Circus Cafe, sung by Sydney Jarvis and danced by a female chorus
Played also as dance music at the Circus Cafe and as background music
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Piffle, but nice to look at
7 October 2014 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Based on a successful play and moderately pre-Code, this look at 1930 Flaming Youth has Loretta Young as a not-that-interesting heiress and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., looking younger than I've ever seen him, as the nice boy forced to pose as a gigolo by his roistering buddies. There's some amusing pre-Code clucking about overnight guests of the opposite gender, and a lot of footage given over to Louise Fazenda, as a too-prim aunt unwittingly given some liquor and turning into a loose woman; this was the era when alcohol was still automatically hilarious. Warners peddles its own contemporary hit songs in the background ("Am I Blue?", "Painting the Clouds With Sunshine") and there's some clunky choreography in the nightclub sequence, but the focus is mostly on Loretta and Doug, who are quite charming together. His lack of experience shows, but he's convincingly a young man in love, and what young man could wish for a lovelier conquest than Loretta. An undemanding time capsule, with sufficient spirit.


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