Mary, a poor farm girl, meets Tim just as word comes that war has been declared. Tim enlists in the army and goes to the battlefields of Europe, where he is wounded and loses the use of his... See full summary »
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams
A cavalcade of English life from New Year's Eve 1899 until 1933 seen through the eyes of well-to-do Londoners Jane and Robert Marryot. Amongst events touching their family are the Boer War,... See full summary »
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
(1930). Stage Play: Bad Girl. Drama. Written by Brian Marlowe [credited as Brian Marlow] and Viña Delmar. Directed by Marion Gering. Hudson Theatre: 2 Oct 1930- Dec 1930 (closing date unknown/85 performances). Cast: Sascha Beaumont (as "Maude"), Lawrence Bolton (as "Pat"), Emily Graham (as "Mrs. Vernon"), Joan Harmon (as "Miss Lambert"), Martin Howe (as "Doctor Stewart"), Angela Jacobs (as "Mrs. Lensky"), Paul Kelly (as "Eddie"), Eleanor Merlin (as "Miss Parsons"), Grace Morse (as "Miss Brown"), 'William Pawley (I)' (as "Jim") [final Broadway role], Sylvia Sidney (as "Dot"), Walter Vaughn (as "Ted"), Joan Winters (as "Sue"), Charlotte Wynters (as "Edna"). Produced by Robert V. Newman. Note: Filmed by Fox Film Corporation as Bad Girl (1931) (William Pawley played the role of Dorothy's brother in the stage version, and reprises his role in the film). See more »
At 1:16:01, the position of the man receiving smelling salts changes. See more »
But as Edna says, nobody knows whether a person's good or bad but the person themselves. And they won't tell.
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I finally tracked down Bad Girl. It had been on my list of wanna sees for years as it had won a major Oscar for Best Director- Frank Borzage.It was one of those tantalizing early talkies that had not actually been lost it had merely fell from sight. When I finally saw it last year at a Borzage revival, the film was a revelation.It was a pre-code delight about an ordinary couple, falling in love, struggling financially and having a baby etc.It most reminded me of the great silent film-The Crowd, which dealt with similar matters. What was especially fascinating to me was its depiction of "average" lower middle class types and how they lived and spoke in Depression America. The apartments... the slang, all of it, seemed real. It wouldn't be until the 50's neo realism hit American movies that we would see ordinary people depicted on the screen again, without condescension The movie has all the Borzage trademarks- love surviving against all odds, even an exciting if a little hokey climax.Unfortunately, the film has been slighted often in movie books,most likely, because the authors have never actually seen it. If it is ever shown again, try to see it. It's a wonderful peek at average city folks in Depression America.
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