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The Pagan Lady (1931)

 -  Drama  -  8 September 1931 (USA)
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A free-spirited bartender on a tropical island has a reputation as a "pagan lady", who hops from man to man and bed to bed. The young son of the island's fire-and-brimstone evangelist ... See full summary »

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Dorothy 'Dot' Hunter
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Ernest Todd
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Dingo Mike
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Malcolm 'Mal' Todd
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A free-spirited bartender on a tropical island has a reputation as a "pagan lady", who hops from man to man and bed to bed. The young son of the island's fire-and-brimstone evangelist arrives on the island, falls in love with her and proposes marriage. The proposal affects her in a way she hadn't planned on. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Based on the Broadway play: Pagan Lady (1930). Drama. Written by William DuBois. Incidental music by Hall Johnson. Directed by John D. Williams. 48th Street Theatre: 20 Oct 1930- Mar 1931 (closing date unknown/152 performances). Cast: Lenore Ulric (as "Dot Hunter"), Elise Bartlett, Leo Donnelly, Jane Ferrell, Thomas Findley (as "Malcolm Todd"), Russell Hardie (as "Dingo Mike"), Ralph Morris, Richard Terry, Franchot Tone (as "Ernest Todd"). Produced by Morris Green and Lewis E. Gensler. Produced in association with Erlanger Productions, Inc. See more »

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A "Dynamite" reunion
28 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film re-teams some of the cast from 1929's Dynamite - Charles Bickford, Conrad Nagel, and Leslie Fenton. "The pagan lady" is Evelyn Brent, even though that is a bit of a misnomer, although Brent's character, Dot Hunter, does fall into the dictionary definition of the term pagan - someone who has no religion and delights in sensual pleasures.

Dot starts out as a bartender in Havana when in walks Dingo Mike (Charles Bickford) and orders up a drink that sounds like something you'd consume on a dare. He drinks the concoction down in one swallow and also manages to outsmart Dot's boss and his rum-running hooligans. You see, Dingo is a bootlegger himself. He literally sweeps the lady off her feet and they set up housekeeping in a tropical hotel full of colorful characters, some of whom are in the bootlegging business too.

Dingo takes off for a business trip, and while he's gone a fire-breathing pastor and his nephew (Conrad Nagel), a rather reluctant pastor-to-be, take up residency in the hotel. Dot is bored so she decides to entertain herself by seducing the naive young pastor. Things don't work out like she planned.

The plot is really nothing to write home about. The main attraction is Brent's acting. She gave some rather uneven performances early on in talkies having originally been a silent actress, but she's really on her mark here as a gal who has probably had a tough time of it over the years and knows how to take any loss or setback on the chin. Just don't expect a big dose of Bickford here. He's terrific when he's on screen, but he disappears completely for about half of the film.

Honorable mention goes to Roland Young as an often intoxicated doctor who plays the part of peacemaker and counselor when he can, and to Leslie Fenton and Gwen Lee as battling bootlegger husband and wife.


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