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Just a Gigolo (1931)

Passed  -  Comedy | Romance  -  6 June 1931 (USA)
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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 »

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Lord Robert Brummel
Irene Purcell ...
Roxan Hartley
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Lord George Hampton
Charlotte Granville ...
Lady Jane Hartley
Lilian Bond ...
Lady Agatha Carrol
Albert Conti ...
A French Husband
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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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6 June 1931 (USA)  »

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Dancing Partner  »

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The English adaptation of the play was produced by David Belasco and opened in Atlantic City, New Jersey, in late July, 1930. It moved to New York City on 5 August 1930. See more »

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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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Pleasant William Haines pre-Code comedy has Haines as a playboy who thinks all women (especially wives) are cheats. When he learns his uncle (C. Aubrey Smith) has arranged for him to meet the daughter (Irene Purcell in her stage role) of his old friend, he devises to masquerade as a dance gigolo to prove she's a cheat also. Haines and Purcell are a nice couple, and Haines is not a "gay" here as he is in some other talkies. And Smith is of course always good.

Charlotte Granville, Henry Armetta, Albert Conti, Maria Alba, George Davis, Lillian Bond, Yola d'Avril, Lenore Bushman, and a very young Ray Milland co-star.

Haines was a major star when this slight MGM comedy was released. It was a big hit, ensuring that Haines remained a top box office attraction in talkies. He was a top 10 star from 1926 (Brown of Harvard) until 1932, when Louis B. Mayer scuttled his career. It's a shame he's forgotten now. William Haines was a unique talent, and terrific comic actor, and a gay icon.

Purcell is very bright and pretty (despite a lisp) and had a very minor starring career. Seems like she should have made more films.


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