Bad Girl (1931)

 |  Drama  |  13 August 1931 (USA)
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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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(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 »


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Dorothy Haley: 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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