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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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Complete credited cast:
Ellen Powell
Leeda Cather
Diana Hoster
Sammy Blum ...
Sam Metten
Robert Lowry
Maude Lindsay
Lew Albans
Charles Giblyn ...
Lawrence Doyle
Sidney D'Albrook ...
Lucien Prival ...
Paul Newcast
Florence Dudley ...
Miss Manning
Earl Burtnett ...
Orchestra Leader (as Earl Burtnett and His Biltmore Orchestra and Trio)


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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Slim lovely girls...vibrating rhythms...glittering light...ribald laughter...exotic settings...Babalonia orgy bought up to date...and HOW! (original ad) See more »


Crime | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

1 January 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dangerous Business  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film holds the record for the longest transfer from banned status to original release in UK history. It was rejected for cinema in 1930 by the BBFC and remained unreleased until 2003 when it was passed with a PG rating. See more »


Ellen Powell: Di, I am in no mood for any of your smart remarks!
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Featured in Hollywood Uncensored (1987) See more »


Oh! How I Adore You
Words and Music by Harry Stoddard and Marcy Klauber
Copyright 1930 by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co
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Dreadful, but not dreadful enough to be delicious
27 October 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Douglas Fairbanks jr had already been in the movie business for 14 years when he made this film, despite being a youthful 21 years old. Although he would go on to become one of the more delightful actors of the '30s and '40s, he shows little promise of that here, nor any sign of talent acquired during his previous 25 films.

A prologue announces the virtuous intention of depicting a moral scourge so that an informed public can combat it--but this is clearly just a CYA that allows the intriguingly-named "Personality Pictures" company to run this cheesy exploitation flick past the already toothless production code office.

Maude Lindsay (Almeda Fowler) runs a "party girl" service for business functions, and she tries to send her hootchiest coochies to the United Glass soiree. (The only real humor in the entire film comes from her secretary continually addressing her as "Madame Lindsay," and Lindsay admonishing her, "Don't call me madam!") John Rountree is an upright business man who wants to work with the district attorney to eliminate the party girl influence on doing business; his son Jay (Fairbanks) is a ne'er-do-wheel frat boy in love with dad's secretary, Ellen (Jeanette Loff)--a girl with a secret.

Jay and his frat brothers crash the United Glass party, and a drunken Jay is trapped by a party girl, herself in a delicate situation.

The usual confusion ensues.

As the previous commenter notes, the sound quality is abysmal, but it may be just as well--the dialogue is no great shakes. There are certain scenes painful in their laughableness, especially the death scene of a tender young thing who's fallen 6 stories, and yet appears not to have a scratch on her.

It's a dreadful film, and not even dreadful in that delicious "so bad it's good" sort of way.

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