Good Dame (1934)

 |  Drama  |  17 March 1934 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 33 users  
Reviews: 1 user | 1 critic

A chorus girl gets stranded in a small midwestern town. Against her better judgement, she hooks up with a smooth-talking con artist who says he can help her get out of town.


0Check in

Top 25 Trivia Items From the Last 25 Years

Here are some amazing facts and figures to deepen your appreciation of the movies you love.

See the full list

Related News

Myrna Loy Biography
| Alt Film Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 13 Feb 2011
list image
a list of 73 titles
created 08 May 2012
a list of 6726 titles
created 03 Dec 2013
a list of 116 titles
created 06 Apr 2014
list image
a list of 202 titles
created 2 weeks ago

Related Items

Search for "Good Dame" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Good Dame (1934)

Good Dame (1934) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Good Dame.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A European princess arrives in New York City to secure a much-needed loan for her country. She contracts the mumps, and an actress who looks exactly like her is hired to impersonate her.

Director: Marion Gering
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Cary Grant, Edward Arnold
City Streets (1931)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Nan, a racketeer's daughter, is in love with The Kid, a shooting gallery showman. Despite Nan's prodding, The Kid has no ambitions about joining the rackets and making enough money to ... See full summary »

Director: Rouben Mamoulian
Stars: Gary Cooper, Sylvia Sidney, Paul Lukas
Street Scene (1931)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Twenty-four hours elapse on the stoop of a Hell's Kitchen tenement as a microcosm of the American melting pot interacts with each other during a summer heatwave.

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, William Collier Jr., Estelle Taylor
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The public defender's secretary and an ex-convict get married and try to make a life together, but a series of disasters sends their lives spiraling out of control.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Henry Fonda, Barton MacLane
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Longfellow Deeds, a simple-hearted Vermont tuba player, inherits a fortune and has to contend with opportunist city slickers.

Director: Frank Capra
Stars: Gary Cooper, Jean Arthur, George Bancroft
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young woman who owns a coffee shop falls for a handsome young customer, unaware that he is a gangster. The association results in her being tried and sentenced to a long prison term. ... See full summary »

Director: William K. Howard
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Melvyn Douglas, Alan Baxter
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After Michael Carter's fiancée commits suicide, Michael vows to seek revenge on his wealthy family, who sabotaged their marriage. He drives across the country angrily, and lands up at a ... See full summary »

Director: Mitchell Leisen
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Gene Raymond, Laura Hope Crews
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A gang of crooks evade the police by moving their operations to a small town. There the gang's leader, John Madison, encounters a faith healer and uses him to scam the gullible public of ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Chester Morris, Robert Coogan
Pick-up (1933)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

The scheme of a pair of married con artiss goes awry when their victim dies, and they care both caught and imprisoned. When she gets out of prison, she tries to put her life back together.

Director: Marion Gering
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, George Raft, Lilian Bond
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Marion Gering
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Donald Cook, Mary Astor
Romance | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A poor factory worker, employed by a wealthy uncle, falls in love with a beautiful heiress but his happiness and promising future are jeopardized by a previous affair with a coworker he impregnated.

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Stars: Phillips Holmes, Sylvia Sidney, Frances Dee
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A drunken newspaperman is rescued from his alcoholic haze by an heiress whose love sobers him up and encourages him to write a play, but he lapses back into dipsomania.

Director: Dorothy Arzner
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Fredric March, Adrianne Allen


Cast overview:
Lillie Taylor
Mace Townsley
Bluch Brown
Noel Francis ...
Puff Warner
Russell Hopton ...
'Spats' Edwards
Bradley Page ...
Guy Usher ...
Detective Fallon
Joseph Franz ...
Detective Scanlon (as Joseph J. Franz)
Miami Alvarez ...
Judge Flynn


A chorus girl gets stranded in a small midwestern town. Against her better judgement, she hooks up with a smooth-talking con artist who says he can help her get out of town.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

17 March 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Em Má Companhia  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


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 »


Mace Townsley: Hello, Townie.
Lillie Taylor: The big insurance shot. Pick up your feet and walk with them, Wisey.
Mace Townsley: Listen, baby, I'm hep now.
Lillie Taylor: To what?
Mace Townsley: Your gag. You're a chorine. Why the sleigh ride?
Lillie Taylor: Maybe I thought you were Santa Claus.
Mace Townsley: Do I look like Santa Claus?
Lillie Taylor: You look like something I don't believe in.
Mace Townsley: Crackin' dame, eh?
Lillie Taylor: Oh, I crack a nut from time to time.
See more »


She's a Good Dame
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A very thugly Fredric March.
17 October 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Right away in the opening credits you can get a pretty good idea of what's going to be right and what's going to be wrong with this movie. It has two things going for it: the adorable kitten-faced Sylvia Sidney, and Fredric "Total Pro" March. But then the credits let slip the film's weak point: five writers. For a 70 minute film with basically only two characters? Five writers. And it shows.

Well, Lillie (Sylvia Sidney) is a young runaway who has been fired from her first job, chorus-girling, and then gets her purse snatched by Mace (Fredric March)'s sidekick, Spats, at a carnival. Mace is one of those card-mixer-upper guys you used to see in New York subway stations. Apparently this used to be a legitimate career, because later he is offered a job in another carnival.

Mace feels bad because he accepted half of Lillie's money from Spats before he met her and heard her sad story. So when she and the other "cooch dancers" at the carnival are arrested, Mace has Spats rob their boss Bluch to get the $50 to bail Lillie out. The other cooch dancers are mercilessly left behind, to sit in a small town jail for six months.

Bluch beats the facts out of Spats (who then mysteriously disappears from the movie) and pretty soon Mace and Lillie are marooned in a nameless and non-descript town, while the very shady carnival moves on. They take adjoining hotel rooms, and although Mace professes a wish that Lillie would keep away from him, she soon finds ways to monopolize him out from under the blonde across the hall, "accidentally" ruining his only two shirts when he wants to go dancing, etc.

The dialogue is never cute, it is frequently nonsensical, and in some wince-worthy moments it is totally undeliverable. The characters are motiveless. The plot is snarled and fails to hold audience interest. The sets and costumes are unexceptional. The camera work and cinematography just sort of lay there. Basically I'm saying don't seek this movie out. Let it come to you, if that's your fate, but even then don't feel obliged to watch it unless you're a Fredric March completist. If you are, it's a bit of a curio, because he seems to be doing some sort of a Cagney impression.

Four stars out of ten.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Discuss Good Dame (1934) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: