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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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Thomas Elwood Dice
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Ellen Daley
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William McDonald Vincent
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Josie
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Mrs. Dice
G.P. Huntley ...
Van Payson (as George P. Huntley)
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Don Shawhan
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Joseph Shawhan
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Fred Dice
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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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She made a business of playing the game of HEARTS! (original print ad) 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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1.37 : 1
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Grace Herbert: You know, Josie, it's a funny thing about men. At 16, they're crazy about girls of 19. At 25, they want girls their own age. At 30, they'll settle for a girl of 25. And at 40, they're right straight back where they started: chasing the 19-year-olds. What's a gal to do when she's past 30?
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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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The Oldest Profession?
25 August 2012 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

A Lake Placid skiing trip ends poorly for gold-digging Kay Francis (as Grace Herbert) when she fails to obtain any money from handsome young Kane Richmond (as Don). Wise-cracking companion Margaret Hamilton (as Josie) advises Ms. Francis to give up her routine of obtaining financial settlements from wealthy playboys. The women go to Miami and meet curvy young Mildred Coles (as Ellen Daley). Realizing her age is no longer an asset, Francis teaches Ms. Coles the "escort" profession. Complications occur when Coles shows real interest in handsome cowboy James Ellison (as Thomas "Tom" Dice)...

This appears to be a cleaned-up story about upper-class prostitution, topped off with an unanswered question about the relationship between Francis and Ms. Hamilton. It's very allegorical, consisting of $50,000 kisses planted with all the passion of a grandmother. Doubtful such exchanges would result in either the cash or scandal insinuated. Nicely playing her age, Francis and director Frank Woodruff make it work. Hamilton is great. Nigel Bruce (as William McDonald Vincent) amuses as a Chicago native who picked up an accent abroad. And, Katharine Alexander (as Mrs. Dice) helps during a pivotal scene.

****** Play Girl (1/29/41) Frank Woodruff ~ Kay Francis, James Ellison, Mildred Coles, Nigel Bruce, Margaret Hamilton


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