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Working Girls (1931)

 -  Drama  -  12 December 1931 (USA)
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Judith Wood ...
June Thorpe
Dorothy Hall ...
Mae Thorpe
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Boyd Wheeler
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Dr. Joseph Von Schrader
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Pat Kelly
Frances Dee ...
Louise Adams
Mary Forbes ...
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Frances Moffett ...
Lou Hollings
Claire Dodd ...
Jane
Dorothy Stickney ...
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The original play, "Blind Mice" by Vera Caspary and Winifred Lenihan, premiered on Broadway at the Times Square Theatre on October 15th, 1930, and ran for a mere 14 performances. The opening night cast included Betty Breckenridge, Claiborne Foster, Hallie Manning, 'Olive Shea (II)', Gloria Shea (billed as Olive Shea) and Geraldine Wall. Unlike the film, the play has an all-female cast and takes place entirely within one room of the Rolfe House, the women's hostel where the film opens. See more »

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Mae Thorpe: I couldn't've asked him to marry me. It would have seemed fresh.
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An interesting film. Lesbianism, fornication, illegitimacy, wisecracks .. who could ask for anything more?
3 August 2003 | by (NY, USA) – See all my reviews

Dorothy Arzner makes the film interesting by the way she depicts the clichéd story and by the touches she adds.

An aura of lesbianism pervades the beginning of the film, set in a woman's hostel, as women are seen dancing closely arm in arm, and one (Dorothy Stickney) winks and smiles suggestively at another (Judith Wood), with the latter winking back!

Lesbianism lays dormant the rest of the film as focus shifts to sisters Judith Wood and Dorothy Hall and their attempt to become "working girls." Double entendres fill the screen as Hall is hired by lecherous professor Paul Lukas, mostly because he feels she can give him "satisfaction." Lukas suggests she get boots to protect her feet during rainy weather; caught in a shoe store by a friend, Hall explains, "My boss told me to get some rubbers!"

At the shoe store, Hall meets rich Harvard man Charles 'Buddy' Rogers and falls in love. After months of courtship, they accidentally spend an evening alone together and the inevitable happens. Equally inevitable, Rogers, having conquered, silently abandons Hall and becomes engaged to Frances Dee, a woman from his own social class. Roger's conquest has lingering effects, though, as Hall is with child. When Judith Wood finds out, she gets a gun and demands Rogers marry her sister! Rogers has no qualms about complying. As he tells a friend, he prefers Hall over Dee: Dee is of his station, his social equal and no fun, while Hall, being of the working class, looks up to him and treats him like a God, and this he likes! This is an incredibly cynical film, especially where men are concerned!

Dorothy Hall steals the picture as Jane Thorpe, her last screen role. Judith Wood, who, billed as Helen Johnson played Dot in "The Divorcée" (1930), is equally good. Less so is Paul Lukas. He gives a confused performance; not completely sleazy, but not completely honorable, and not at all funny. Lukas gives a similar confused performance in another Arzner film, "Anybody's Woman" (1930).

This film didn't get much of a release in 1931, being effectively buried by Paramount. Little wonder given its content! It's well worth tracking down. The UCLA Television and Motion Picture Archive has beautifully restored it, along with five other Arzner Paramount films. It's an 8/10.


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