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Party Girl (1930)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 1 January 1930 (USA)
Jay Rountree, son of a wealthy manufacturer and young, rising businessman, gets caught up in a web involving an escort service or 'party girls.' While eluding the wily Diana Holster, the ... See full summary »

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Ellen Powell
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Leeda Cather
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Diana Hoster
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Sam Metten
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Robert Lowry
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Maude Lindsay
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Lew Albans
Charles Giblyn ...
Lawrence Doyle
Sidney D'Albrook ...
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Paul Newcast
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Miss Manning
Earl Burtnett ...
Orchestra Leader (as Earl Burtnett and His Biltmore Orchestra and Trio)
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Jay Rountree, son of a wealthy manufacturer and young, rising businessman, gets caught up in a web involving an escort service or 'party girls.' While eluding the wily Diana Holster, the self-proclaimed Queen of the Party Girls, he manages to get trapped in a web spun by Leeda Cather and her supposed mother and, much to his consternation and to the surprise of his fiancée, Jay soon finds himself an unhappily married man. And, as events would show, Diana isn't all that happy, herself. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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DARINGLY DIFFERENT! (original poster - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Passed | See all certifications »

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1 January 1930 (USA)  »

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Dangerous Business  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Marie Prevost, the wildest of the "party girls," died at 38, alone and destitute in a Hollywood apartment. Her career, built mainly in silent films, went into decline as talkies took hold. Her death and penury prompted the Hollywood community to create the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital, an institution to care for aging former industry performers in need. See more »

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Maude Lindsay: Miss Manning, bring me all the photos from the file.
Miss Manning: Yes, Madam Lindsay
Maude Lindsay: And don't call me Madam.
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Features Chicken a La King (1928) See more »

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Farewell
Words and Music by Harry Stoddard and Marcy Klauber
Copyright 1930 by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co
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Be Careful Who You Party With
27 January 2010 | by (Brooklyn, New York, USA) – See all my reviews

Wild Women! Bootleg hooch! Hot jazz! Sequins and furs! Blackmail! Suicide! This pre-Code cautionary tale opens with a typical disclaimer stating "It is our earnest hope that this film may arouse you..." Of course, they mean arouse your indignation to help eliminate such vices as you view in this exposé. Or, do they?

Pleasant juvenile Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., headlines along with a bevy of largely talent-free "party girls". Judith Barrie has some especially embarrassing scenes, leading one to wonder whether she may have gotten her part by being a party girl. Almeda Fowler, making her film debut as Maude "Don't call me Madam" Lindsay, and veteran actor John St. Polis put in decent performances adding some humor. The well regarded Earl Burtnett and His Hotel Biltmore Orchestra from Los Angeles provides suitable jazz accompaniment.

The best scene is the party where guests arrive in their automobiles via a service elevator directly to the party. The much commented upon perfumed fountain scene seems to have been excised from the version available from Alpha Video. Altogether, this is a pleasant diversion that pushes the envelope even for pre-Code Hollywood.


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