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Hot Saturday (1932)

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A pretty but virtuous small-town bank clerk is the victim of a vicious rumor from an unsuccessful suitor that she spent the night with a notorious womanizer.


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Cast overview:
Romer Sheffield
Ruth Brock
Bill Fadden
Edward Woods ...
Conny Billop
Lilian Bond ...
Eva Randolph (as Lillian Bond)
William Collier Sr. ...
Harry Brock
Mrs. Ida Brock
Stanley Smith ...
Rita La Roy ...
Rose Coghlan ...
Annie Brock
Oscar Apfel ...
Ed W. Randolph
Jessie Arnold ...
Aunt Minnie
Grady Sutton ...


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 Les Adams <>

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Plot Keywords:

bank | rumor | womanizer | playboy | gossip | See more »


They gave her a bad name...and she lived up to it! See more »


Drama | Romance





Release Date:

28 October 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Hot Saturday  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Eva Randolph: [Insinuating after Ruth has been missing from the party] Oh, so you finally got back!
Ruth Brock: Did you expect me to be gone all night?
Eva Randolph: [Insinuatingly] Well, dear, I didn't know. You see, a girl in your position can afford to be so much more unconventional in her pleasures than I could.
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(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'm Burning for You
(Music: Arthur Johnston; Lyrics: Sam Coslow)
Sung by road house torch singer
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Excellent cast, interesting story, and undershorts
11 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Aside from the silly and gratuitous underwear scene, this movie does a good job of telling the story of poor Ruth Brock, a hard-working, put-upon small town girl who is judged and persecuted by her neighbors and so-called friends following a day of fun on an eponymous 'Hot Saturday' in the summer of 1932.

Subsequent events show how much women had staked on maintaining their reputations at that time, a topic that didn't go away with the enforcement of the production code though it lost a lot of its nuance. The expression on Ruth's face in the last frame of this film is so uncertain...she doesn't know if she's doing the right thing, doesn't know quite what she's getting into. I grieve for the loss of that ambiguity in films made in the years to come.

Nancy Carroll is brilliant in the role of Ruth, sparing the audience tedious hysterics and instead portraying the bitterness and frustration of living in a town of petty fools with nothing better to do than tear each other apart. I sort of wish there were two versions of this movie, one starring Carroll and one starring Barbara Stanwyck so I could do a side-by-side comparison. Stanwyck did such a good job with offended righteousness in 'Night Nurse'. But I'd keep Cary Grant in both...young and perfectly cast in the role of the local "disreputable cad" (that's how he's described (aptly) on the label).

But even a disreputable cad can have good points...and keen-eyed, truthful, pre-production code Ruth won't fail to notice them...

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