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Play-Girl (1932)

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

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Winnie Lightner ...
Georgine Hicks
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Wallace 'Wally' Dennis
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'Finky' Finkelwald
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Edna
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Martie Happ
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Elmer
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Moffatt, the Boss
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Wedding Girl (scenes deleted)
Betty Farrington ...
Mrs. Braddock (scenes deleted)
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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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Unrated | See all certifications »
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12 March 1932 (USA)  »

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Love on a Budget  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of James Ellison. 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

Carpenter in Hardware Department: [Smoking a cigarette, staring at Georgine's behind as she is bent over on top of a ladder looking for a hammer] I guess you ain't got - just what I want.
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Soundtracks

Cryin' for the Carolines
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when Elmer calls Buster for a date at Flowerland
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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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