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The Naughty Flirt (1931)

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Coquettish socialite Kay Elliott has set her cap for Alan Ward, an associate in her father's law firm. But while pursuing Alan, she must fend off the advances of a greedy fortune-hunter, ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Alice White ...
Miss Katherine Constance 'Kay' Elliott
Paul Page ...
Alan Joseph Ward
Linda Gregory
Robert Agnew ...
Wilbur Fairchild
Douglas Gilmore ...
Mr. John Thomas 'Jack' Gregory
Mr. John Raleigh Elliott


Coquettish socialite Kay Elliott has set her cap for Alan Ward, an associate in her father's law firm. But while pursuing Alan, she must fend off the advances of a greedy fortune-hunter, who is aided and abetted by his equally voracious sister. Written by Dan Navarro <>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

11 January 1931 (USA)  »

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The Naughty Flirt  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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In September 1928, Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures and from that point on, all "First National" productions were actually made under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued to retain separate identities until the mid-1930's, after which time "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used. See more »


Miss Katherine Constance 'Kay' Elliott: [Kay has finally cornered Alan on the patio at the country club dance] ...Why have you avoided me?
Alan Joseph Ward: ...To tell you the truth, I've been afraid of you.
Miss Katherine Constance 'Kay' Elliott: Afraid of me?
Miss Katherine Constance 'Kay' Elliott: For the love of Mike, why?
Alan Joseph Ward: I know your reputation. You're supposed to be fatal. They tell me one time that you became engaged to a man after only having known him for thirty minutes.
Miss Katherine Constance 'Kay' Elliott: How silly! What time is it now?
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Untitled Song
Composer unknown (probably Sam H. Stept)
Played during the opening credits and often as background music
Played as dance music at the country club and sung ("I often wonder if you cared ...") by an unidentified trio
Hummed by Paul Page
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An Adorable Flirt
8 January 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Alice White was an adorable flapper, whose career was over before it started. She was First National's answer to Clara Bow but she didn't have the longevity of the red headed "It" girl. 1931 started with "The Naughty Flirt", one of her best films and ended with "Murder at Midnight", in which, although billed prominently, she was only given about two decent scenes.

The plot is 60 minutes of frivolous fun with White doing what she does best - being adorably flirty and making every man her slave. When Kay (Alice White) and her gang are hauled into night court for disorderly conduct, she meets Alan Ward (Paul Page) an associate with her father's law firm and it doesn't take him long to fall under her spell. She already has a persistent suitor in Jack Gregory (Douglas Gilmore) who is always asking Kay to marry him. He, along with his scheming sister, Linda (Myrna Loy) have ulterior motives - they have been wiped out in the stock market crash and hope that if Jack can marry Kay their financial worries will be at an end.

The "Cinderella Dance" is one of the film's highlights - all the girls take off one of their shoes, put it in the middle of the ballroom and then the boys have to pick one and dance with it's owner. White, who made her name with a couple of excellent musicals from the early talkie era ("Broadway Babies" (1929) and "Show Girl in Hollywood" (1930)) is not asked to sing or dance here which is a pity. She also gets a run for her money from Myrna Loy as the sultry Linda. Why it took so long for Loy to "make it" (1933's "Animal Kingdom" was her big break) is one of Hollywood's real mysteries. However White's cutie pie acting wins through - she is impossible to resist.

Although she had a very hectic private life, maybe what happened to Alice White were films like "The Naughty Flirt". 1931 was one of the worst years of the depression and with a title like "The Naughty Flirt", reminiscent of a jazzy, carefree past, the movie going public may have been turned off. In this year of unemployment and breadlines, if films started out with scenes of high living ("Bad Company" and "Dance Fools, Dance") audiences wanted to see stars really suffer before realising that the simple life was the best.

Highly Recommended.

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