Sent by her employers on an errand to the home of the wealthy Mrs. Vincent, Irene O'Dare meets Don, a friend of Bob, Mrs. Vincent's son. Attracted to Irene, Don decides to invest some money... See full summary »

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Bob Vincent
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Granny O'Dare
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Mrs. Vincent
Arthur Treacher ...
Bretherton
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Eleanor Worth
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Jane
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Lillian
Stuart Robertson ...
Freddie
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Princess Minetti
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Michael
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Mrs. Newlands Grey
Roxanne Barkley ...
Helen
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Sent by her employers on an errand to the home of the wealthy Mrs. Vincent, Irene O'Dare meets Don, a friend of Bob, Mrs. Vincent's son. Attracted to Irene, Don decides to invest some money in Bob's latest venture, the "Madame Lucy" dress shop, in order to give Irene a job there as a model. She is very successful and Bob also becomes attracted to her. Smith, the manager assigns Irene and other models to display gowns at Mrs. Vincent's charity ball, but Irene ruins the gown she was to wear, and appears instead in a quaint blue dress that had belonged to her mother... and it is a big hit. A guest, Princess Minetti, places her as the niece of Ireland's Lady O'Dare, and Irene does not deny the relationship. Smith decides to set her up in a Park Avenue suite as the niece of Lady O'Dare, so that she can attend socially important gatherings wearing and displaying, of course, Madame Lucy gowns. A jealous model tells the truth to a newspaper columnist who writes an expose, which somewhat ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Siren Irene... You'll Love Her On The Screen... A Miss In Distress Or Gay Adventuress?


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Trivia

The Radio City Rockettes wound up with most of their scenes on the cutting room floor following previews, save for a brief montage sequence in the "Alice Blue Gown" number. See more »

Goofs

There is an overhead boom mic visible in the scene in the restaurant when the three women are at the table. See more »

Quotes

Donald 'Don' Marshall: I understand discretion is your middle name.
Bretherton, the Butler: Mr. Marshall, if butlers told all they knew, society would be a shambles.
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Crazy Credits

The credits are presented by marionette figures of Anna Neagle and Ray Milland. See more »

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Version of Irene (1926) See more »

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Alice Blue Gown
(1940) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy
Played at the charity ball and sung by Anna Neagle
Played during a show and sung by Martha Tilton
Sung by The Dandridge Sisters in a skit at the show
Danced by Hattie Noel and The Radio City Rockettes (as The Rockettes) in a skit at the show
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Creaks and squeaks along to an inevitable conclusion.
7 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the film version of a play that premiered more than twenty years earlier (1919), and boy does the story show its age! The title character is so good-golly-gosh wholesome you'll either want to laugh or just haul off and smack her. This being my first introduction to Anna Naegle, I can only hope it was the character and not a limited acting range. She's the anti-femme-fatale, and that could not have been good for her career in the coming years in Hollywood.

That being said, it's not such a bad little film with pros like Ray Milland and Billie Burke in the cast. The opening credits with marionettes flipping cue cards is cute, but it sets a more comedic tone than this film can deliver. I will say it is fun checking out the fashions of the era, not to mention the interior designs, and the story touches on class differences without the film really making any kind of statement about them. It may be a little too-cute for its own good, but it's worth a look if you're curious.


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