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The Girl from Missouri (1934)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  3 August 1934 (USA)
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Chorus girl Eadie is determined to marry a millionaire without sacrificing her virtue.


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Complete credited cast:
T.R. Paige
T.R. Paige Jr.
Lewis Stone ...
Frank Cousins
Kitty Lennihan
Lord Douglas
Clara Blandick ...
Miss Newberry
Hale Hamilton ...
Charlie Turner
Henry Kolker ...
Senator Titcombe
Nat Pendleton ...
Life Guard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lane Chandler ...
Cop Arresting Eadie (scenes deleted)
Jack Cheatham ...
Electrician (scenes deleted)
Russell Hopton ...
Bert (scenes deleted)


With her pal Kitty, Eadie Chapman escapes from the sleazy roadhouse run by her mother and stepfather, only to become a showgirl. But her former milieu gave her a poor opinion of easy morals, and she plans to preserve her 'virtue' until marriage...preferably to a rich husband; while Kitty keeps falling for servants. Will playboy Tom Paige break down Eadie's resistance before his cynical father intervenes? Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

3 August 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Born to Be Kissed  »

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$511,000 (estimated)

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| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Cinematographer Harold Rosson was replaced by Ray June. See more »


Eadie Chapman: I bet you were an awful cute baby.
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Referenced in Kansas City (1996) See more »


A Hundred Years from Today
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Ned Washington
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The good Jean Harlow, during the code
7 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jean Harlow is "The Girl from Missouri" in this 1934 film that ran afoul of the production code and had to be cleaned up. Gone is the tough, sexy gal who's been around the block too many times to count. Now she's cheap-looking but wants the ring on her finger before anything else.

Jean Harlow is Eadie, and she's a delight in this film, which also stars Franchot Tone as the object of her affections, Lionel Barrymore as his father, and Patsy Kelly as her good friend. Eadie sets her sights on an old man, Cousins (Lewis Stone) at a party he throws; he's broke and has just asked T.R. Paige (Barrymore) for a loan. He doesn't get it. Eadie enters, and Cousins gives her his ruby cuff links, which she won't take because they're not engaged. Cousins, knowing he's about to blow his brains out, agrees to marry her, so she takes the cuff links. Before she knows it, he's dead, and she's slipped the cuff links to Paige so she won't be accused of stealing them.

Eadie then sets her sights on Paige and follows him to Palm Beach, where she meets a young man (Franchot Tone) who turns out to be T.R. Paige Jr. She's wildly attracted to him, but he's a playboy. Will he fall for her? Can it work? Good movie. Tone is smooth and elegant. I've never cared for Patsy Kelly; she always seems to be shouting, and she's very stagy. Barrymore is good as always.

So the pure Jean, still with the platinum blonde hair, makes her debut in this film governed by the Hays Code. A shame her career wasn't longer. She had a wonderful screen presence.

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