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Viña Delmar (novel) &
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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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Interesting, but Far From Borzage's Best 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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The original Broadway production of "Bad Girl" by Brian Marlow and Viña Delmar opened at the Hudson Theater on October 2, 1930 and ran for 85 performances. The cast were lead by Paul Kelly as Eddie, Sylvia Sidney as Dorothy and Charlotte Wynters as Edna, as well as Sascha Beaumont, Angela Jacobs, Grace Morse, William Pawley and Walter Vaughn.See more »
Continuity: At 38:54, Dot's arm drops to the table.See more »
Eddie Collins:I'd like to be nice to women. You know, say nice things to them, like fellas can. I can't though. I think of nice things to say, but when it comes to puttin' them into words, I only say something sarcastic and mean.See more »
Movie Connections:
Version of Manhattan Heartbeat (1940)See more »
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14 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Interesting, but Far From Borzage's Best, 7 September 2003
Author: Kalaman from Ottawa

An interesting little Borzage love story set during the Depression, detailing the struggles of young couple (Sally Eilers & James Dunn) with their hopes and dreams. Curiously Borzage won his second Oscar as Best Director for this oddly heady little movie and that's perhaps the only reason to watch it. It works as a timepiece of its era. But I definitely wouldn't call "Bad Girl" one of Borzage's best romances (in many ways it strikes me as turgid and unaffecting in several moments, and I didn't like the ending), but it is definitely worth catching if you are fan or a student of the director's sublime and unheralded oeuvre.

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