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Director:
Writers:
Aurania Rouverol (story)
Richard Schayer (continuity by)
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Release Date:
7 February 1931 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
After the death of her father and loss of the family fortune, Bonnie gets a job as a cub reporter while her brother becomes involved in bootlegging. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Mad, silly fun from the Jazz Age! See more (20 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Joan Crawford ... Bonnie
Lester Vail ... Bob

Cliff Edwards ... Bert Scranton

William Bakewell ... Rodney
William Holden ... Stanley Jordan

Clark Gable ... Jake Luva
Earle Foxe ... Wally (as Earl Foxe)
Purnell Pratt ... Parker (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Hale Hamilton ... Selby
Natalie Moorhead ... Della

Joan Marsh ... Sylvia
Russell Hopton ... Whitey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Luva's Henchman (uncredited)
Sidney Bracey ... Albert (uncredited)
Drew Demorest ... Yacht Waiter (uncredited)
James Donlan ... Clinton (uncredited)

Ann Dvorak ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Reporter (uncredited)
Robert Livingston ... Jack (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Stockbroker (uncredited)
George Magrill ... Luva's Henchman (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Luva's Butler (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Emilio (uncredited)
Tommy Shugrue ... Tom (uncredited)
Mortimer Snow ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jack Trent ... Man with Sylvia at Auction (uncredited)

Directed by
Harry Beaumont 
 
Writing credits
Aurania Rouverol (story and dialogue by)

Richard Schayer (continuity by)

Joan Crawford  collaborating writer (uncredited)

Cinematography by
Charles Rosher (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
George Hively (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jack Mintz .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Charles E. Wallace .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Mosconi .... dance arranger (uncredited)
 
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80 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Finland:(Banned) (original rating) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Before this movie Joan Crawford told people not to have affairs with their leading men until they made three movies together. She and Clark Gable had only made two together, but they started to have an affair during this movie. Afterwards Crawford said she had to eat her words, but that they tasted sweet.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Rodney comes into the yacht cabin to find Bonnie blow-drying her hair, she looks up at him and her hair is a frizzy mess. In the very next shot, her hair is perfectly styled.See more »
Quotes:
Stanley Jordan:Must you smoke before breakfast?
Bonnie:I must if I want to keep thin, darling.
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Movie Connections:
Featured in Indie Sex: Censored (2007) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Little White LiesSee more »

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16 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Mad, silly fun from the Jazz Age!, 1 February 2000
Author: David Atfield (bits@alphalink.com.au) from Canberra, Australia

Don't listen to fuddy-duddy critics on this one, this is a gem! Young rich Joan and her brother find themselves penniless after their father dies - and now they have to work for a living! She, naturally, becomes a reporter, and he, just as naturally, a driver for the mob! By wild co-incidences their careers meet head on, thanks to gangster Clark Gable. In the meantime there is the chance for a moonlight underwear swim for a bunch of pretty young things and for Joan to do a couple of risque dance numbers (with all the grace of a steam-shovel).

But none of this is supposed to be taken seriously - it's all good fun from those wonderful pre-code days, when Hollywood was really naughty. Joan looks great, and displays much of the emotional range that would give her career such longevity (thank God she stopped the dancing!). Gable is remarkable as a slimy gangster - he wasn't a star yet and so didn't have to be the hero. Great to see him playing something different. And William Bakewell is excellent as the poor confused brother. And there are some great montages and tracking shots courtesy of director Harry Beaumont, who moves the piece on with a cracking pace - and an occasional wink to the audience! Great fun!

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