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Release Date:
13 August 1931 (USA) See more »
VINA DELMAR'S novel of New York Life - BAD GIRL
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Drama of urban life between World Wars, by great "sob=sister" Vina Delmar. See more (12 total) »


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James Dunn ... Eddie Collins

Sally Eilers ... Dorothy Haley
Minna Gombell ... Edna Driggs
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Frank Austin ... Upstairs Tenement Neighbor (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... Expectant Father (uncredited)
Sue Borzage ... Unknown (uncredited)
Frank Darien ... Lathrop (uncredited)
Jesse De Vorska ... Expectant Father (uncredited)
Bud Eilers ... Man Outside Candy Shop (uncredited)

Paul Fix ... Nervous Expectant Father (uncredited)
Edward Hearn ... Male Nurse (uncredited)
Aggie Herring ... Seamstress (uncredited)
Claude King ... Dr. Burgess (uncredited)
Louis Natheaux ... Mr. Thompson (uncredited)
Sarah Padden ... Mrs. Gardner (uncredited)
William Pawley ... Jim Haley (uncredited)
Lorin Raker ... Male Nurse (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Mike the Prizefighter (uncredited)
Billy Watson ... Floyd (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Borzage 
Writing credits
Viña Delmar (novel & play)

Brian Marlow (play)

Edwin J. Burke (continuity & dialogue)

Rudolf Sieber  uncredited

Cinematography by
Chester A. Lyons  (as Chester Lyons)
Film Editing by
Margaret Clancey (uncredited)
Art Direction by
William S. Darling 
Costume Design by
Dolly Tree (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lew Borzage .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
George P. Costello .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Nolan .... still photographer (uncredited)
Dave Ragin .... second camera (uncredited)

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)

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William Pawley played the role of Dorothy's brother in the stage version, and reprises his role here in the film.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: At 2:54, shadow of boom mic is visible across Dot's face.See more »
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.See more »
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Version of Manhattan Heartbeat (1940)See more »
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6 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Drama of urban life between World Wars, by great "sob=sister" Vina Delmar., 26 February 2001
Author: Regis Hartdy (bigkids) from Berkeley, California

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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