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Roland Pertwee (written by)
Houston Branch (adaptation)
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12 September 1931 (USA) See more »
Young man attempts to break up an engagement between a woman and an older man. | Add synopsis »
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Silly story of Dapper Dan who chases Beauty about to marry the richest man in Central America See more (5 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Larry O'Brien

Loretta Young ... Diane Forsythe
Henry Kolker ... Areal Pacheco
Claud Allister ... Archie Lester (as Claude Allister)

Edmund Breon ... Clive Lattimer

Boris Karloff ... Luigi - Pacheco's Butler
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Luis Alberni ... Sao Pedro Waiter (uncredited)
Herbert Bunston ... The Colonel (uncredited)
André Cheron ... François - Pacheco's Chauffeur (uncredited)
George Chesebro ... Captain of the Guards (uncredited)
Harry Cording ... San Arango Officer (uncredited)
James Dime ... Kidnapper (uncredited)
Peter Gawthorne ... Roberts - Lattimer's Butler (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Rocci - Assassin (uncredited)
Lillian Kemble-Cooper ... Condesa Vecchio (uncredited)

Ethan Laidlaw ... Guard (uncredited)

Paul Panzer ... One of Pacheco's Guards (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Post 38 Guard (uncredited)
Harry Woods ... Cellano - Assassin (uncredited)

Directed by
William C. McGann  (as William McGann)
Writing credits
Roland Pertwee (written by)

Houston Branch (adaptation)

Roland Pertwee (dialogue)

Cinematography by
Ernest Haller (photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Fritch (edited by) (as Pete Fritch)
Art Direction by
John Hughes  (as John J. Hughes)
Costume Design by
Earl Luick (gowns)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ellsworth Fredericks .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Aaron Hower .... assistant camera (uncredited)
William Reinhold .... second camera operator (uncredited)
William Schurr .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Richard Walling .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
David Mendoza .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
David Mendoza .... composer: music cues (uncredited)
Oscar Potoker .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Francis Salabert .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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70 min | USA:62 min (Turner library print)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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The opening scene is missing in the TCM print, according to synopses reported in contemporary reviews. In that scene, the Douglas Fairbanks Jr. character is a bookworm who goes to Central America when advised to do so by a fortune-teller. The missing scene may account for the TCM print being shorter than the reported running time.See more »
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Silly story of Dapper Dan who chases Beauty about to marry the richest man in Central America, 21 March 2006
Author: movingpicturegal from Los Angeles

This film features a basic plot line we've all seen many times in many different films and that is this - a more appropriate, more handsome man tries to catch, before it's too late, a woman about to be married to a less appropriate, "wrong" man. In this film, Loretta Young plays the beautiful daughter of the Minister of Finance, and she is set to marry, in four days time, a wealthy, but gruff and rather ugly old man (well - there's really no other way I could put it!) - the reasons for her odd choice of partner are a secret. When she meets grinning, conceited Larry O'Brien (played by Douglas Fairbanks Jr.), he is immediately in love and uses a bunch of tricks and schemes in an attempt to win her for himself. She seems to dislike him (but, of course, in the way of most movies from then to now, she *really* secretly likes him).

There is some humor in this, mostly of the Three Stooges / slap-in-the-face variety, plus some funny scenes with Claud Allister as Larry's gay sidekick Archie. Loretta Young really has little to do in this film other than look gorgeous in beautiful gowns and dangling earrings. Boris Karloff also has little to do in this film other than slink in and out of the room as butler. The actor who plays her father acts in a sort of bugged-out eyes style, but I guess it's supposed to be funny. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. tries to be charming, but he comes across to me as not particularly interesting - he's just sort of there. Okay film, but nothing great - a middle-range time filler, mainly for fans of Loretta Young.

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