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2 January 1932 (USA) See more »
A poor seamstress girl sours on her engagement to a grocery deliveryman after seeing her sister's abusive marriage. Trying to help her sister pay for a divorce lawyer, she turns to a rich playboy she met at work. | Add synopsis »
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A straight up drama about two girls trying to make it in New York--and a fabulous party scene See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order)
Marian Marsh ... Margie Evans

Anita Page ... Sophie

Regis Toomey ... Jimmie Slocum
Warren William ... Raymond Harding
Norman Foster ... Alf

Joyce Compton ... Sybil
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Pop Evans
Claire Dodd ... Babsy
Paul Porcasi ... François
Maude Eburne ... Mrs. McCarthy
Murray Kinnell ... Peterson, Butler
Dorothy Appleby ... Elsie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lilian Bond ... Penthouse Party Guest
Wade Boteler ... Cop (uncredited)

Mary Doran ... Lucille (uncredited)
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Evans (uncredited)
Dorothy Granger ... Penthouse Party Guest (uncredited)
Otto Hoffman ... Penthouse Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Shep Houghton ... Penthouse Party Guest (uncredited)
Olaf Hytten ... Penthouse Party Guest (uncredited)
Claude King ... Doctor (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Minister at Wedding (uncredited)

Claire McDowell ... Seamstress (uncredited)

Walter McGrail ... Gregg (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Penthouse Party Guest (uncredited)
Dennis O'Keefe ... Penthouse Party Guest (uncredited)
Ben Taggart ... Detective French (uncredited)
Edward Van Sloan ... Assistant to François (uncredited)
Judith Vosselli ... Miss Gray (uncredited)
Kathrin Clare Ward ... Mrs. Howe, Jimmie's Landlady (uncredited)
Renee Whitney ... Model (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ... A.J. Dietrich, Attorney (uncredited)

Directed by
Archie Mayo 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Frank Mitchell Dazey  story "Sky Life"
Agnes Christine Johnston  story "Sky Life" (as Agnes C. Johnston)
Charles Kenyon 

Cinematography by
Barney McGill 
Film Editing by
George Marks 
Art Direction by
Esdras Hartley 
Costume Design by
Earl Luick 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Ray Heindorf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... composer: title music (uncredited)

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80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The short films Hotter Than Haiti (1931) and The Ugly Duckling (1931) played in front of this film in many theaters during its original theatrical run.See more »
Raymond Harding:Well, why not take off your clothes and stay awhile?See more »
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Referenced in Sex at 24 Frames Per Second (2003) (V)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A straight up drama about two girls trying to make it in New York--and a fabulous party scene, 11 August 2014
Author: secondtake from United States

Under 18 (1931-22)

A light-hearted comedy drama with a few very serious moments. It's a sincere and touching story about two sisters trying to make it in the poor tenements of New York. They each have a man from the same neighborhood, one a loafer (and pool shark) and the other a sweet and goofy grocery delivery driver. Mom lives with one of the sisters who is the title character, a bit young to know what she wants.

But not too young for the rich ladykilling man who sees the girl modeling an expensive fur. Which leads, roundabout, to the highlight of the movie, and twenty minute frenzy on the roof of a tall building in Manhattan. This pool party is a real height of the Roaring Twenties as they were winding into the early Depression. It's pure wild decadence, and director Archie Mayo really knew how to ramp it up without getting totally obscene. Great stuff.

And a great contrast with the humble lives of the impoverished stars. None of the leading ladies or their men are names most of us recognize (the main star, Marian Marsh, has several great films to her name, namely "Svengali" and "Crime and Punishment"). It's Warren William, the rich fellow, who is the most famous of the bunch, and he's always a hoot to watch, slyly winning over women despite (or because of) his age.

But there is another serious side to all of this, and that is the trap women faced then (far less than now) in having to find a man to help survive economically. The Depression has clearly made jobs scarce, even in New York (which was still humming in some ways). When Marsh's sister realizes her new husband would rather play pool than work, things go bad—and get worse when she has a child. So Marsh sees the folly of marriage even though her own boyfriend is a decent chap with a job. This fairly realistic portrayal of life at the time is the largest part of the movie.

The party, however, is the most fun, and I would say you could, if impatient, skim ahead to that section, a little after halfway, and just see the craziness of the times. It reminded me of "Madame Satan" which uses the same kind of party—in a blimp—that is so wild and compelling it makes you wonder why these kinds of scenes disappeared by the time of the Hays Code.

There is a slightly awkward feel to the script throughout the film, unfortunately, and the acting of some of the lesser characters is fair but not great, bringing the whole thing down to earth. Still, the best of it…well, give it a shot. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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