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Big Business Girl (1931)

Thanks to her ability and her legs, Claire McIntyre rises in the business world.

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College graduate Claire McIntyre plans to conquer the business world, while her dropout boyfriend Johnny takes his swing band to Paris. Eventually, Claire catches the eye (in more ways than one) of ad executive Robert Clayton. Between her ability and her legs, she soon rises in the hierarchy. But the unexpected return of Johnny brings on an era of romantic misunderstandings. Will Clayton on one side and an obliging blonde on the other succeed in parting Claire and Johnny? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Shadow of boom microphone moving vertically up the curtained doors behind Johnny and Mrs. Emery at the club after she mentions having a cabin in the Adironacks. See more »

Quotes

Claire 'Mac' McIntyre: Honestly, Johnny, you're only good for two things: making music and making love.
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Lady, Play Your Mandolin
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Music by Oscar Levant
Played when Mrs. Emery stops by the table
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Same old story in a so-so Warners drama.
10 March 2003 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Once again, as so often in movies of the pre-Code era, here's a woman with brains, beauty and the drive to get ahead who loves a guy who has none of the above (including acting talent). Naturally, she props him up by getting him a big job without his knowing it (although this unpromising lead is dropped and doesn't become a plot complication). Throw in the lecherous boss she uses to make the boyfriend (actually her secret hubby) jealous, and the cliche is complete. That said, it's still what you do with the story that counts, and here nothing whatsoever is done with it! No clever dialogue, no revealing moments, no amusing supporting character players, no special qualities in the narrative timing, sets, camera or lighting. Nothing unexpected whatsoever. That is, nothing until Joan Blondell steps in at the very end as a brassy professional co-respondent. Her performance and the dialogue, as she and the husband play cards while they wait for the photographer to arrive, suddenly bring the film to life and give it a decent finish. Still, one of the weaker Warners of the period. WEEKEND MARRIAGE, a similar film made the following year, also with Loretta Young, is much more interesting.


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