Bank employee Ruth Brock has a reputation around town for being fast-and-easy but none of the panting suitors has made her yet. She disillusions them one after the other, but the last lad is a bad sport and starts a gossip scandal, among the hens and roosters, about her and a millionaire playboy and Ruth loses her job. Figuring that as long as she has the name, she might as well play the game, she looks him up. Written by
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »
When Ruth takes off her shoes at Romer's house, they're are covered with mud. But when he hands them to her in the car a moment later, they're mud-free and highly polished. See more »
(Opening titles) Marysville boasted of one bank, two fire engines, four street cars, and a busy telephone exchange. Everyone knew on Sunday what everyone else did on Saturday... and the rest of the week. See more »
I got this pre-code collection of 6 early 30s movies from the library, and the first one into the DVD player was Hot Saturday, starring Nancy Carroll. Surprisingly, Cary Grant, recipient of Paramount's star building process, has top billing, although his is a support role. I've seen Carroll's name and picture in the early 30s movie magazines and knew she was a star, but I haven't seen any of her films before and never would have without this collection.
Carroll is not beautiful, but she has star presence. This film is hers and she is wonderful in it. So likable. And the story of mean gossips who destroy her reputation, she the most popular girl in town, is an interesting one. Looking back 80 years it's so surprising to see how important it was for girls to protect their good name in order to capture a husband. Public and private attitudes toward 'bad' girls certainly have changed over the decades.
I was surprised too at Carroll's mother turning against her. Ouch. But her henpecked father believed in her and came to her defense. That was nice. But it was now time to leave her family, neighbors, 'friends', small town, and go on to greener pastures in the Big City with the rich and oh-so-handsome, debonaire, sophisticated, charming, and nice playboy.
After working at other studios when her Paramount contract ended in 1934, her stardom was fini in 1938. What this tells me is that it requires luck to continue to build a career and maintain a hold on the movie-going public. Carroll, like many other short-lived stars, did not have Colbert's luck or business sense. But that's the way the Hollywood cookie crumbles.
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