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I gotta go upstairs now. You see, my mother's dead, and my brother's boss of the house. He gets sore when I stay out late. You know, he's careful for me. But as Edna says, you can't watch a girl hard enough to keep her good if she don't want to be.
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Realistic look at an average couple in Depression time.
Director Frank Borzage won an Oscar, as did the Screenplay, for this forgotten film, which depicts daily life in Depression time USA with a realism theretofore unknown in film. It was also nominated for Best Film. The oddity here is where they got the title as there isn't a "bad girl" anywhere in sight. It is almost as if they sat down and said to each other - let's get a catchy title that'll lure people in to see this one! They could have named it King Kong in Brooklyn and been just as accurate in describing the content. It's an enjoyable film, though a little dull for some tastes, especially if you keep wondering when the bad girl is going to show up. Worth a watch.
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