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Wise Girl (1937)

Approved | | Comedy | 31 December 1937 (USA)
Snooty heiress decides to track down her dead sister's kids, who are living a Bohemian life with their uncle in Greenwich Village. Once she finds them, she discovers that the Bohemian life ... See full summary »

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Susan Fletcher
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John O'Halloran
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Karl
Henry Stephenson ...
Mr. Fletcher
Alec Craig ...
Dermont O'Neil
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Mike (as Guinn Williams)
Betty Philson ...
Joan
Marianna Strelby ...
Katie
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Mrs. Bell-Rivington
Jean De Briac ...
George (as Jean de Briac)
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Prince Michael
Rafael Storm ...
Prince Ivan
Gregory Gaye ...
Prince Leopold
Richard Lane ...
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Snooty heiress decides to track down her dead sister's kids, who are living a Bohemian life with their uncle in Greenwich Village. Once she finds them, she discovers that the Bohemian life is fun and free of the constraints her country-club life places on her. But she decides to take the uncle to court anyway to free him from the kids so he can paint. Written by Ed Lorusso

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'n Listige vrouw  »

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In Feb. 1938, this film was being shown on a double bill with Penitentiary (1938). See more »

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Susan 'Susie' Fletcher: I'm going down to Greenwich Village and get those children somehow.
Mr. Simon Fletcher: But you can't handle this man! Why, he's an artist; he's lived abroad, in Paris, on the Left Bank. You don't know the kind of thing that goes on on the Left Bank! You haven't had enough experience!
Susan 'Susie' Fletcher: You forget I was a senior at Vassar.
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The Great Miriam Hopkins
4 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of all the major 30s star actresses, Miriam Hopkins has been the most bizarrely overlooked and underrated. Her string of excellent 30s and 40s films is quite impressive but she is often referred to as stagy or brittle. Yet she had a great sense of humor and was memorable in several comedies, including this film, Old Acquaintance (with Bette Davis), and The Smiling Lieutenant (with Maurice Chevalier and Claudette Colbert). Hopkins was famous for her dislike of Hollywood, and the results has been a bad rep--undeserved.

In Wise Girl she play an heiress trying to rescue the children of her dead sister from their guardian--the sister's brother-in-law (Ray Milland). The film offers several hilarious scene such as Hopkins taking a bath is a storeroom, Hopkins joining Milland and Guinn Williams in a Greenwich Village restaurant for $3 apiece to act as "bohemians," and Hopkins going ringside during one of Williams' fights. Milland is also excellent and very funny.

Hopkins and Milland make a great couple. The film also boasts solid support from Williams, Walter Abel, Henry Stephenson, James Finlayson, Margaret Dumont, Grace Hayle, Leonid Kinskey, and Inez Palange. The two girls are OK.

But Hopkins, drunk on a "slice of wine" and wearing a pinned-together dress that is twice her size is hilarious as she blows at stray hairs while smoking.... A scream.


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