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Loose Ankles (1930)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Romance | 2 February 1930 (USA)
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
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Agnes
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Norman Selby ...
Terry Todd
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Andy Martin (as Eddie Nugent)
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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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Herdeira à Solta  »

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(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

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(Western Electric Apparatus)

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1.37 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Andy Martin: [after discussing their roommate's lack of job prospects] There goes an example of what a college education'll do for you. Poor kid.
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Connections

Version of Ladies at Play (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Nice little comedy from the pre-Code era.
10 December 2003 | by (Bellevue, NE) – See all my reviews

This film is a little known entry from the early days of "talkies" that deserves better recognition. Not a masterpiece by any means, it is still a forerunner of the screwball comedies of the later 30s and 40s and, as such, is pleasant and delightful in its own way.

The cast is very good. It is hard to believe that Loretta Young, playing an heiress who wants to create a family scandal, was only sixteen or seventeen when this movie was made. She has a charm and sensuality that belies her years. Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., who was nearly as young, does a nice job as a bumbling wannabe gigolo who falls in love with Loretta. Also, as noted by other reviewers, Louise Fazenda, as Young's aunt, and Daphne Pollard, as the "helpful" maid, give very funny performances.

The next time that this movie is on TCM, try to catch it or tape it. There are a lot worse ways to spend an hour or so.


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