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Forgotten Women (1931)

 |  Drama  |  1 December 1931 (USA)
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A drama set in filmland, following the triumphs and heartaches of women who try to succeed in the movie industry.

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Marion Shilling ...
Patricia Young
Beryl Mercer ...
Fern Madden
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Jimmy Burke
Virginia Lee Corbin ...
Sissy Salem
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Helen Turner
Edna Murphy ...
Trixie de Forrester
Edward Earle ...
Sleek Moran
Jack Carlyle ...
Dugan
Eddie Kane ...
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Gordon De Main ...
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A drama set in filmland, following the triumphs and heartaches of women who try to succeed in the movie industry.

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"He Treated Me Like a Tramp"!!!
23 May 2015 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Marion Shilling must have seemed like a good bet for a 1931 Wampas Baby selection but ahead of her were mainly westerns, her best days were behind her. She had started at the top in MGM's first all-talkie "Wise Girls"(1929) but then she happened to find herself in "Lord Byron of Broadway"(1930) - supposedly going to be MGM's musical of the year, instead it was a bomb!! She was dropped and then began the studio spiral where she ended up at studios like Division and Kent.

Her co-star in this Monogram poverty rower was also a young man new to movies, Rex Bell, this was before his western movie career and before Clara Bow, when he was playing go-getters. This time as reporter Jimmy Burke who is looking for a big story (aren't they all!!), one that will catapult him into the big time. This is a fast paced movie which combines a look at the movie business with gangsters and fast cars!! Even by 1931 the public couldn't get enough of behind the scenes stories about what made movies tick and this one tells of three unlikely chums, sweet Pat (Shilling), a movie extra, hard boiled Sissy (Virginia Lee Corbin) and dear old Fern (Beryl Mercer) a once great actress who now has trouble obtaining bit parts. Mercer is really given a multi dimensional part as the struggling actress who takes a special interest in Pat and Jimmy.

When Fern gets a call up from the studio she accidentally overhears a conversation linking gangster Moran with a phoney movie contract. She hands her findings to Jimmy for the scoop of the year and promotion to City Editor but unfortunately it puts him in the path of Helen (Carmelita Geraghty), the newspaper owner's pushy daughter. She convinces him that his rightful home is with Park Avenue swells and not down with the riff raff. Pat who knows nothing of Helen convinces him to elope with her but they don't go through with it and in the morning...."he treated me like a tramp"!!!

Meanwhile Sissy has convinced Pat that to give her career a push she needs the "friendship" of mobsters and the film concludes with a speedy car chase around the bends of a Californian beach road!!

Beryl Mercer is just terrific as the put upon elderly actress who, armed with an umbrella, soon becomes a feisty grandma obsessed by speed!! Virginia Lee Corbin didn't make that many more films and unfortunately died young.


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