A young woman's financial problems continue through a troubled marriage to a gambler.

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Complete credited cast:
Winnie Lightner ...
Georgine Hicks
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Wallace 'Wally' Dennis
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'Finky' Finkelwald
Dorothy Burgess ...
Edna
Noel Madison ...
Martie Happ
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Elmer
Edward Van Sloan ...
Moffatt, the Boss
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Wedding Girl (scenes deleted)
Betty Farrington ...
Mrs. Braddock (scenes deleted)
Ralf Harolde ...
Willie (scenes deleted)
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Dance Hall Plumber (scenes deleted)
Harold Waldridge ...
Messenger (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

'Bus' Green works hard at her department but dreams of a better life. She falls hard for fast talking gambler Wally who showers her with gifts. They fight, she tosses him out but learns she's pregnant. Bus leans on her best friend Georgine. Written by rharlan58

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SHE WANTED LOVE THE WORST WAY, and she got it!

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Drama | Romance

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12 March 1932 (USA)  »

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Love on a Budget  »

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The $305 hospital bill Bus worries about would be the equivalent of $5,326 in 2016. See more »

Goofs

Near the start of the film there are brief glimpses of various store departments. In the plumbing department, Winnie Lightner is in the background perched on a sink. That makes no sense, as it is only later on in the story that her character is reassigned from hardware to plumbing. (One publicity still for the film is a close-up of Winnie on the sink, but there is no such scene in the movie. Probably a sequence involving Winnie in the plumbing department was deleted, but then Warners decided to use that opening shot figuring nobody would notice Winnie in the background.) See more »

Quotes

Buster 'Bus' Green Dennis: I went to a doctor today.
Wallace 'Wally' Dennis: A doctor? What for?
Buster 'Bus' Green Dennis: What do you suppose?
Wallace 'Wally' Dennis: Oh, Bus! Oh, that's swell! Oh boy, I'm happy. Say, what a thrill.
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Singin' in the Bathtub
(uncredited)
Music by Michael Cleary
Played when Georgine is doing her washing in the tub
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Play Girl (1932)

*** (out of 4)

Irresistible pre-code about a working class girl (Loretta Young) who believes in working for something in life and not just marrying into it. She eventually falls for a compulsive gambler (Winnie Lightener) and after their married the ugly nature of gambling comes into play. This is a wickedly funny and in the end depressing little tale that works wonders in its short sixty-minute running time. Young and Lightener make for a terrific couple and the racy sexual dialogue makes for some great laughs. Young is beautiful and charming as ever and delivers a knockout performance. This was the first film I've seen Lightener in but he was wonderful as well. Edward Van Sloan has a small part as well.


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