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Party Girl (1930)

Passed  -  Crime | Drama | Romance  -  1 January 1930 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Jay Rountree
Jeanette Loff ...
Ellen Powell
Judith Barrie ...
Leeda Cather
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Diana Hoster
John St. Polis ...
John Rountree
Sammy Blum ...
Sam Metten
Harry Northrup ...
Robert Lowry
Almeda Fowler ...
Maude Lindsay
Hal Price ...
Lew Albans
Charles Giblyn ...
Lawrence Doyle
Sidney D'Albrook ...
Investigator
Lucien Prival ...
Paul Newcast
Florence Dudley ...
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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The shocking story of love for sale! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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1 January 1930 (USA)  »

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Dangerous Business  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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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Farewell
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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