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Bad Girl (1931)

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A man and woman, skeptical about romance, nonetheless fall in love and are wed, but their lack of confidence in the opposite sex haunts their marriage.



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A mug and a jane: Dorothy knows that every guy is going to make a pass at her; Eddie knows that every gal wastes her money on good times. He's saving to open a repair shop. When the two of them meet, they can't believe they get along. One evening he leaves her waiting in the rain; she finds his apartment and reads him the riot act. They end up spooning and napping until 4 AM. She's afraid of her brother, who's her guardian, so Eddie figures she should tell her brother that she's getting married the next morning. Dorothy tries out the story but knows Eddie won't show up. It's the first of a series of promises, fears, miscalculations, and hard knocks. Where will they end up? Written by <>

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VINA DELMAR'S novel of New York Life - BAD GIRL







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13 August 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Barn av idag  »

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(Western Electric System)

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1.37 : 1
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Drama of urban life between World Wars, by great "sob=sister" Vina Delmar.
26 February 2001 | by (Berkeley, California) – See all my reviews

Unfortunately, this is apparently a very scarce film, not available on VHS or DVD, and seldom if ever broadcast. However, as a fan of Vina Delmar I have read the novel upon which the film is based, and must point out that the story takes place in 1923. This was the flapper era, the roaring twenties, the jazz age . . . and the era of Prohibition!

A very different period from that of the Great Depression, which began in 1929, and was two years old when the film was made.

Whether the story line was changed to place the story in Depression-era New York instead of Roaring Twenties New York, is interesting to consider.

I would dearly love to see this film, and to see how well it lives up to the very fine novel by Vina Delmar, BAD GIRL.

Regis Hardy

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