A man gets in trouble with his girlfriend when a beautiful movie star and her fiance come to his small town.

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A man gets in trouble with his girlfriend when a beautiful movie star and her fiance come to his small town.

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According to contemporary newspaper advertisements, this film and The Great Lover (1931) played on a double in some theaters in early 1932. See more »

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Not A Lost Film, But Should Be
16 August 2012 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

The website claims that this film is presumed lost. Would that that were true. "Ex-Bad Boy" has been restored by Universal for our viewing pleasure(!), and is based on a 1923 Broadway play by Anita Loos, and must have suffered a great deal in the transition. As presented on screen it is unfunny and implausible and becomes an excruciating 75 minutes before finally grinding to a halt.

The star of the picture is Robert Armstrong, who was to find fame two years later as Carl Denham, the impresario who brings King Kong to Broadway. Here he plays a slow-witted, withdrawn shop clerk to his boss, Spencer Charters. Caught in an affair, Charters asks him to take the fall and to portray himself as a ladies man who, in fact, has dated many Hollywood stars. Naturally, a Hollywood star comes to visit this small town, a star Charters had persuaded Armstrong to tell people he has dated.

Straight downhill from here, although the downhill trend had started much earlier. Armstrong is completely unsuited for his role and his severe overacting single-handedly sinks the whole far-fetched production. It is a movie which grates on the nerves as a result, and a good supporting cast, including Lola Lane and George Brent, suffers. Cast members all went on to bigger and better movies, but sometimes I think some 'lost' films should stay that way.

"Ex-Bad Boy" was shown at Capitolfest, Rome N.Y., 8/12 on a restored 35mm print.


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