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Just a Gigolo (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 6 June 1931 (USA)
Haines plays the role of a festive British nobleman, for whom a marriage has been arranged by his relatives. He goes to a European Summer resort and poses as a gigolo to meet the girl ... See full summary »



(from: the David Belasco production "Dancing Partners" by), (from: the David Belasco production "Dancing Partners" by) (as Alfred Grunwald) | 5 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Irene Purcell ...
Roxana Hartley
Lord George Hampton
Charlotte Granville ...
Lady Jane Hartley
Lady Agatha Carrol
Albert Conti ...
A French Husband
A French Wife
Lenore Bushman ...
Gerald Fielding ...


Haines plays the role of a festive British nobleman, for whom a marriage has been arranged by his relatives. He goes to a European Summer resort and poses as a gigolo to meet the girl chosen, learn what she's like and to apply the "acid test". Written by Richard Unger <DECOCHASER@aol.com>

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Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

6 June 1931 (USA)  »

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Dancing Partner  »

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| (New York opening)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Irene Purcell reprised her role in the play for this movie. See more »


Lord George Hampton: I tell you Jane, that fellow's dangerous.
Lady Jane Hartley: A gigolo. Nonsense, George.
Lord George Hampton: A gigolo - that's just it! These fellows are experts at leading girls into mischief.
Lady Jane Hartley: An English mother knows an English daughter, George.
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Just a Gigolo
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Leonello Casucci, German lyrics by 'Julius Brammer' and English lyrics by Irving Caesar
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27 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

M.G.M. film adaptation of 1930 Stage Play that featured Irene Purcell, who co-stared with William Haines in the Cinema translation. Neither would find much success in the future Hollywood. Ms. Purcell, though attractive did not translate well to the Silver Screen. Mr. Haines had other problems in the eyes of Studio Heads Louis B. Mayer and Irving Thalberg. He would not keep his personal life 'private' and they felt he was a disposable asset.

THE NUTS; Lord Robert Brummel (Haines) doubts that anybody will love him for himself and not his Dollar$, Pound$ and Title. 'Uncle' Lord George Hampton (C. Aubry Smith) despairs he will never settle down, marry and give the Family a heir. He keeps setting up possible mates which 'Lord' Robert keeps shooting down. Finally meeting Roxana Hartley (Irene Purcell) who proves too be his match and there is a happy ending. The film features several amusing incidents and the song JUST A GIGOLO.

Mr. Haines gives a appealing performance. Dropping his usual 'Gay Blade' and 'Prissy Ham' act. Showing the natural acting and comedic talents that were well illustrated in films like TELL IT TO THE MARINES (1926) and SHOW PEOPLE (1928). Fortunetly for him after his screen career ended he continued as a successful interior decorator, with many of Hollywood's elite seeking his services.

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