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It (1927)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 15 February 1927 (USA)
A salesgirl with plenty of "it" (sex appeal) pursues a handsome playboy.

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(as Clarence Badger), (uncredited)

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(story and adaptation), (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Shopgirl Betty Lou has designs on Cyrus Waltham, the handsome owner of the department store where she works. Waltham, though, doesn't even know Betty Lou is around. In hopes of attracting Waltham's attention, she accepts a date with his best friend, Monty, under the condition that they dine at the Ritz, where Waltham also has a dinner date that evening. Her plan works and in no time at all she and Waltham are contemplating marriage. The romance cools when a newspaper reporter mistakenly writes a story depicting Betty Lou as an unwed mother. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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15 February 1927 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das gewisse Etwas  »

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Trivia

In the David Stenn biography of Clara Bow that was published in 1988, actress Priscilla Bonner recalled that Elinor Glyn visited the set a couple of times, wearing several purple veils that, it was obvious, were meant to mask recent plastic surgery scars that has not yet healed. Bonner said she disliked Glyn right away, finding her to be pretentious and artificial. However, she said she loved working with Clara Bow. See more »

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On the yacht, after playing the banjolele, Betty runs out of the frame carrying the instrument but in the next scene, she is empty-handed. See more »

Quotes

Cyrus Waltham Jr.: Betty, I'm crazy about you...
Betty Lou Spence: [ebullient] I love you too!
Cyrus Waltham Jr.: I'll buy you diamonds, clothes, anything you want...
Betty Lou Spence: [insulted] What are you trying to do? Offer me one of those "left-hand" arrangements?
Cyrus Waltham Jr.: I'm crazy about you! Isn't that enough?
Betty Lou Spence: [walking out] I suppose that's what you men call "love"!
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Whatever "It" is, she's sure got it...
10 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

I first saw "It" last year at a mini-festival at the Kemper Museum in Kansas City. The audience was about equally middle-aged (50's, 60's; I'm 63) and young (many 20's and early 30's). Everybody roared with laughter and delight throughout the film.

This is not only a sweet, wacky comedy (with a strong ending--how I wish current filmmakers could learn that lesson!), but also a demonstration, as others have pointed out, of one of the most magnetic personalities ever to face a camera lens. Clara Bow's presence is simply heart-stopping and her basic goodness, at least in this role, is such that it makes me feel maybe there's a little hope for humankind after all.

I watched it again, with a friend, at home this evening and marveled anew at the extraordinary vitality of this wonderful young woman. The extremely silly story doesn't matter in the least. The lesson of the film, as much as there is one, is "where there's a will, there's a way," and to follow the exploits of our heroine's will is pure balm for any weary soul.


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