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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:
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Eadie
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T.R. Paige
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T.R. Paige Jr.
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Frank Cousins
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Kitty Lennihan
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Lord Douglas
Clara Blandick ...
Miss Newberry
Hale Hamilton ...
Charlie Turner
Henry Kolker ...
Senator Titcombe
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Life Guard
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Lane Chandler ...
Cop Arresting Eadie (scenes deleted)
Jack Cheatham ...
Electrician (scenes deleted)
Russell Hopton ...
Bert (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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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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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Wood shot additional scenes, uncredited. See more »

Quotes

Kitty Lennihan: If you can't afford to tip 'em, you have to be polite!
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For He's a Jolly Good Fellow
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What a lousy title for a Jean Harlow movie!
4 September 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Pretty weak showcase for the star who manages to shine brightly despite the ordinariness of the script. The story is cliché and has been told with more imagination elsewhere.

It helps that she is pitted against a top rank actor like Lionel Barrymore as her protagonist. Their flinty interchanges are some of the best scenes in this lackluster affair. The other standout in the cast is Patsy Kelly who makes a peach of a sidekick for the brassy Jean. Her easy virtue is used to counterpoint the heroine's chastity in a way that could get around the censors of the day.

The actor who is out of place, although he fulfills his role adequately, is Franchot Tone. A fine actor in the right pictures, dramas such as Five Graves to Cairo and the like, Metro for some reason used him mostly as a colorless effete mannequin for their leading ladies. Jean and he are oil and water, she was always more comfortable with an earthy man like Gable or Spencer Tracy.

One last thing, what a lousy title for any movie but for a Jean Harlow movie, ridiculous. For some reason the powers that be had a hard time coming up with an appropriate title. Shot under the title Eadie Was a Lady, then changed to 100% Pure then Born to Be Kissed and released in some areas under that title, while none of them is great any would have made more sense than the lemon they ended settling on.


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