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Grand Old Girl (1935)

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Miss Bayles (May Robson) has been trying to close down a business operated by Clarence (Alan Hale). Clarence runs a crooked gambling operation in the back room. Miss Bayles uses Clarence's ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Laura Bayles
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Gerry Killaine
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Sandy
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Click Dade
Etienne Girardot ...
Mellis
William Burress ...
Butts
Hale Hamilton ...
Killaine
Edward Van Sloan ...
Holland
Fred Kohler Jr. ...
Bill Belden
Onest Conley ...
Neptune
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Tom Miller
George Offerman Jr. ...
Walter
Gavin Gordon ...
The President
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Mary Jean House ...
One of Laura's Pupils
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Miss Bayles (May Robson) has been trying to close down a business operated by Clarence (Alan Hale). Clarence runs a crooked gambling operation in the back room. Miss Bayles uses Clarence's crooked dice to beat him and uses her winnings to open a respectable business for her students to use. Her business gets closed down after a fight in her establishment and the school board replaces her as principal of the town's school. Clarence is feeling pretty good about his victory over Miss Bayles until she tells him she also lost her pension. Clarence sends a fellow classmate and former student of Miss Bayles a telegram. The former student happens to be the President of the United States and he comes to town to honor Miss Bayles. Written by Harold Thornton

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Drama | Romance

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18 January 1935 (USA)  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Fred MacMurray's first credited movie part. See more »

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Romance No.6, Op.6 (None But the Lonely Heart)
(1869) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
In the score when Miss Bayles learns she's being dismissed
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Wonderful film for the whole family
12 December 2011 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

Don't let the poor reviews here and the low score scare you away from this heart-warming tear-jerker. The cast, led by May Robson, does a fine job. I won't give much away, but this is a story about a decent human being (a school principal) who has devoted her life to guiding children, then has a bad break, but is "rescued" at the end by a wonderful surprise. It is a beautiful morality tale, and I enjoyed it despite some unlikely happenings. The story is so decent and ably presented that it is not so hard to "suspend disbelief" at times, and to tolerate a racial stereotype. The filming in such olden times adds a special glow to the movie, and lets us accept the implausibilities in the story, in fact makes us wistful for those times.


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