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Play Girl (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 7 March 1941 (USA)
The fascinating Grace Herbert has many years' experience as a professional gold-digger. Her finances at a low ebb, she finds her mature beauty less effective than of yore, and takes on ... See full summary »

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Ellen Daley
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William McDonald Vincent
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Josie
Katharine Alexander ...
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The fascinating Grace Herbert has many years' experience as a professional gold-digger. Her finances at a low ebb, she finds her mature beauty less effective than of yore, and takes on impoverished 19-year-old Ellen Daley as an apprentice: "between your youth and my spirit, we can do it." The initially reluctant Ellen soon gets the hang of it. But after the cowboy she falls for proves to be a wealthy rancher, she feels an odd reluctance to mix business with pleasure... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE STORY OF MEN WHO LEARNED ABOUT WOMEN...FROM HER (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Romance

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7 March 1941 (USA)  »

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Mulheres de Luxo  »

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William McDonald Vincent: After all, I'm 38...
Grace Herbert: [Clears her throat loudly]
William McDonald Vincent: Ah, 39, and...
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Opening credits are shown on different types of signs and cards; a couple are tags included in jewelry boxes, some are sign boards and poster boards for various plays and shows. See more »

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Sonata No.14 in C#-, Op.27 No.2 (Moonlight Sonata)
(1801) (uncredited)
Written by Ludwig van Beethoven
Excerpt played on piano by Kay Francis
Reprised on piano by Mildred Coles
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Kay Francis in lighter than usual romantic comedy/drama...
14 January 2011 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I've never been a huge KAY FRANCIS fan, but at least in PLAY GIRL she gets a better than average script (for a B-film), and an excellent supporting cast that is able to breathe some life into the material. And her character is sensible and mature, not to mention a bit too noble to be believable by the last reel.

She's a fashionable gold digger who decides to train a protégé to lure men into the net when her own looks become too mature. This time the prize is JAMES ELLISON, a handsome young cattle rancher who happens to fall hard for her protégé, played winsomely by MILDRED COLE.

KANE RICHMOND and NIGEL BRUCE lend valuable support in key roles and the whole story is done with flair and style that makes it pleasant entertainment. On the face of it, it's strictly minor stuff with many soap opera overtones.

Only disappointing angle is the resolution of the love affair involving Ellison and Cole with no on screen reunion provided by the script. Instead, he rushes to join the young protégé in Florida while Francis turns her attention to another man. The plot soon becomes a twisted soap opera with Francis nobly giving up the young man in favor of telling him the truth about Cole's whereabouts.

Nothing deep here, just a pleasant diversion that passes quickly and is soon forgotten. Good work by a capable cast makes it easy to watch.


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