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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
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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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