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Wayward (1932)

Wayward is a 1932 American drama film directed by Edward Sloman and written by Lillian Day, Mateel Howe Farnham and Gladys Unger. The film stars Nancy Carroll, Richard Arlen, Pauline ... See full summary »

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Wayward is a 1932 American drama film directed by Edward Sloman and written by Lillian Day, Mateel Howe Farnham and Gladys Unger. The film stars Nancy Carroll, Richard Arlen, Pauline Frederick, John Litel, Margalo Gillmore and Burke Clarke. The film was released on February 19, 1932, by Paramount Pictures.

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The picture that gives you an amazing solution to a love riddle that EVERYBODY has to face! (Print Ad)

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19 February 1932 (USA)  »

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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 »

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Lyrics by Edward Heyman
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No Wonder Nancy Carroll's Career Went on the Rocks!
20 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

I'm giving this movie two points because it does have a fairly agreeable song number right at the start. After this happy introduction to the Nancy Caroll character, the movie goes firmly downhill. As Mordaunt Hall correctly noted in his New York Times review, the story of "Wayward" is "not precisely engrossing". In fact, not to put too fine a point on it, the script is dull, stupid, ridiculous, super boring and a complete waste of Miss Carroll's talents. Adapted from the 1930 novel, "Wild Beauty" by Mateel Howe Farnham, the ridiculous plot has super boring leading man, Richard Arlen, giving the super-lovely Carroll the air because he thinks she's encouraging the town drunk (lifelessly played by John Litel) to give her some attention. The lifeless Arlen is put up to this incredible maneuver because he's actually not a man at all but a puppet. And who should be pulling the strings, but Pauline Frederick? Pauline Frederick -- the world's greatest actress of the 1920s -- reduced to playing the role of a superfluous, hateful, illogical, time-wasting harridan! No way, Jose! There should be a rating lower than zero for "Wayward", an annoying rehash of gaslight hokum that makes "An Undesirable Lady" (the 1933 Broadway melodrama in which Miss Carroll had the misfortune to star -- it ran exactly 24 performances) seem like a masterpiece.


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