Safety in Numbers (1930)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  30 May 1930 (USA)
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A songwriter hires three chorus girls to show him the "underside" of big-city life.


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Complete credited cast:
Kathryn Crawford ...
Bertram Shapiro
Richard Tucker ...
F. Carstair Reynolds
Francis McDonald ...
Phil Kemptom
Raoul Paoli ...
Alma McGregor
Geneva Mitchell ...
Cleo Carewe
Louise Beavers ...


William Butler Reynolds is slated to inherit ten-million dollars on his 21st birthday, but his worldly uncle, F. Carstairs Reynolds, thinks the lad could use a bit of seasoning before that happens. He sends him to New York City with the purpose of the trip to acquaint him with the pitfalls and wicked ways of the big city, especially for young millionaires. The uncle, who believes there is safety in numbers, also assigns, and pays well, three Follies girls,Jacqueline, Maxine and Pauline, to oversee the lad's tutoring. In the interest of ensuring the boy is well-tutored, Alma McGRegor and Cleo Carewe volunteer their services. Nothing could possibly go wrong with that many experienced tutors on the job. Written by Les Adams <>

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30 May 1930 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Surprised by the high quality of this production.
18 August 2009 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

First of all I was pleased with the large amount of screen time that Carole Lombard had in the film. I would say she gets the best lines of the three girls and the best dresses. Her delivery was also not as stilted as in many other of her early films. Perhaps the quick pace and light atmosphere of the film kept the dialogue more natural. All three girls sing a song to our leading man in an attempt to win his love, but sadly Miss Lombard only talk-sings her song. I thought many of the songs were enjoyable, although none of them were up to the standards of Lombard's other musical "We're Not Dressing". I was impressed, however, by the special effect of the silhouetted dancers dancing over a montage of New York at one point during the feature number. This film did have a heart, but it would have been so much better if we had been able to see any real development of the relationship between Buddy Rogers and the girl he chooses. As it was I can't say there was any reason to chose her over the others. He said he loved her; but why?

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