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Not So Dumb (1930)

Passed  -  Comedy  -  2 February 1930 (USA)
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Not-so-smart chatterbox Dulcy Parker does and says all the wrong things, but they right themselves to prove she's not so dumb after all.



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Not-so-smart chatterbox Dulcy Parker does and says all the wrong things, but they right themselves to prove she's not so dumb after all.

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A laugh in every line...and a howl in every scene. The Comedy Hit Of The Talking Screen




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2 February 1930 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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The original Broadway production of and source for the screen play "Dulcy" by George S. Kaufman and Marc Connelly opened at the Frazee Theatre on August 13, 1921 and ran for 241 performances. See more »


Dulcy: By power of reduction and by a process of illumination, I know the necklace is in that shoe.
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Featured in Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies (2001) See more »

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Delightful Davies
17 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have a feeling that Marion Davies fans have voted in droves to artificially elevate her scores because many of her films are rated in the high 7s or 8s. I have enjoyed many of these films but I hesitate to place them that highly. A case in point is "Ever Since Eve", her last movie, coming in with an 8 which in my opinion is highly overrated as is the score for this film, a 7.8 as of this writing. Be that as it may, "Not So Dumb" is actually superior to "Ever Since Eve". Davies is absolutely delightful playing a ditsy socialite trying to advance her boyfriend's career. Her body language makes the film which otherwise has little contact with reality. She lives in a mansion with no apparent income, neither she nor her brother work and yet they enjoy a quite opulent lifestyle. This very fact undermines the film's central premise because if she were wealthy why then does she not set her boyfriend up herself? The other characters are merely ornaments although two are somewhat noted minor Hollywood personalities: Julia Faye, C.B. DeMille's longtime companion who appeared in all his films and Sally Starr, known as the "pocket Clara Bow" for her diminutive size.

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