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29 August 1931 (USA) See more »
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Valentine Winters goes to Paris to meet the divorced mother she has never known. She becomes involved... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Joan Crawford ... Valentine 'Val' Winters

Pauline Frederick ... Diane 'Di' Winters

Neil Hamilton ... Robert 'Bob' Blake Jr.
Monroe Owsley ... Tony Girard
Hobart Bosworth ... Mr. Robert Blake Sr.
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Margaret Blake
Albert Conti ... André de Graignon
Adrienne D'Ambricourt ... Marie, the Housekeeper
Marcelle Corday ... Alyce, the Maid
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marjorie Rambeau ... Diane 'Di' Winters (scenes deleted)

Ann Dvorak ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Armand Kaliz ... (uncredited)
Sandra Ravel ... Bit (uncredited)
Leo White ... Party Guest (uncredited)
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Directed by
Nick Grinde  (as Nicholas Grindé)
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Butler 
Mildred Cram  story "Girls Together"
John Meehan  additional dialogue
Sylvia Thalberg 

Cinematography by
Charles Rosher 
 
Film Editing by
William LeVanway 
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert A. Golden .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Hommel .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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68 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
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Marjorie Rambeau fell ill during production and was replaced by Pauline Frederick.See more »

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Early Joan Crawford, 25 November 2006
Author: Maliejandra Kay (Maleejandra@yahoo.com) from United States

Diane Winters (Pauline Frederick) opens a letter to learn that her nineteen year old daughter is coming to live with her. Valentine (Joan Crawford) arrives timidly but quickly learns to love her mother. She does not know, however, that her mother is a kept woman living a lavish lifestyle thanks to a wealthy benefactor. Rich people flock to the home including Tony Girard (Monroe Owsley), a lovesick drunk who befriend Valentine. She also meets the respectable Bob Blake Jr. (Neil Hamilton) who she hopes to wed, until she realizes that their families clash.

This is a good early talkie because it doesn't suffer from being a film for the sake of being a film. It has an actual story which is performed well by the cast. It is a bit short and not emotional enough to be considered a great film, but if you're a fan of early Crawford films like I am, you'll enjoy yourself.

Speaking of Crawford, it is a bit ironic that her character is so moral here. The drunk driving accident brings up the hit-and-run trouble she had in her own life and her stance against her mother's lifestyle is in stark contrast to her true beliefs.

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