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Grand Old Girl (1935)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 18 January 1935 (USA)
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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Mellis
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Killaine
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Holland
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Bill Belden
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Tom Miller
George Offerman Jr. ...
Walter
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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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18 January 1935 (USA)  »

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Vicio y virtud  »

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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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27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Grand Old Girl (1935)

** (out of 4)

May Robson plays a college principle who gives her life to make sure her students get their education and stays out of trouble. All of this is at risk when a local ice cream shop starts an illegal gambling house in one of its back rooms so Robson must go out of her way to get it shut down. This is one of the earliest "teachers doing good" films that I've seen and it's amazing that they even followed familiar turf way back then. The film offers no surprises and plays everything pretty straight without ever trying to be real or serious. The way Robson finally brings down the gambling house is incredibly stupid and the ending, which is meant to be emotional, falls flat on its face. The supporting cast incudes a good performance by Fred MacMurray and a small role from Edward Van Sloan.


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