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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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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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'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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Film debut of James Ellison. See more »

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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: Are you a doctor?
Wallace 'Wally' Dennis: Oh, a heart specialist. Let me feel your pulse. Oh, it's too slow - for love at first sight!
[Buster laughs]
Wallace 'Wally' Dennis: Oh, no love at first sight?
Buster 'Bus' Green Dennis: No.
Wallace 'Wally' Dennis: Well, second sight? Don't you believe in love at all?
[Buster shrugs her shoulders]
Wallace 'Wally' Dennis: You must be married.
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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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An odd one
16 May 2016 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

One-third knockabout comedy, two-thirds weepie as mad Winnie Lightner gets top billing and chews up the scenery as Loretta Young's gal-pal, but is really incidental to the story and disappears for long segments. (She does get some good insults in, scrapping with fellow salesgirl Dorothy Burgess.) But the bulk of it is Loretta in distress, falling reluctantly for gambler Norman Foster, marrying him, quitting her job, getting pregnant, then throwing him out of the house when she mistakenly thinks he's returned to his gambling ways after getting an honest job as a garage mechanic. (Where'd he acquire the skill? No idea.) He returns at the darnedest time, just in time for a happy ending. The always dull direction of Ray Enright does nothing to enhance this, and it feels a little like two movies sewn into one one-hour feature, but Gregg Toland's cinematography is lovely, and Loretta in a quintessential suffering-Depression-gal role she played many times is worth watching.


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