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Spring Fever (1927)

Not Rated | | Comedy | 22 October 1927 (USA)
To impress a wealthy young woman, a clerk pretends he is a pro-golfer.

Director:

Edward Sedgwick
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Haines ... Jack Kelly
Joan Crawford ... Allie Monte
George K. Arthur ... Eustace Tewksbury
George Fawcett ... Mr. Waters
Eileen Percy ... Martha Lomsdom
Edward Earle ... Harry Johnson
Bert Woodruff ... Pop Kelly
Lee Moran ... Oscar
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To impress a wealthy young woman, a clerk pretends he is a pro-golfer.

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Plot Keywords:

golf | based on play | See All (2) »

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He shot par golf- but love had him stymied! (Print Ad- Bend Bulletin, ((Bend, Ore.)) 10 May 1928) See more »

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This film's success proved pivotal in catapaulting both William Haines and Joan Crawford to stardom. In fact, it performed so well that the following year, Haines appeared in the Top Ten Money-Making Stars list for the first time, while the reviews for Crawford (in a rare comedic role) convinced M-G-M to elevate her to top-billing, and she, too, rose to top box office status within the next two years. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Waters: Sufferin' niblicks! A hole in one!
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Remade as Love in the Rough (1930) See more »

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Great chemistry between Haines and Crawford but formula plot...
24 March 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

SPRING FEVER is a silent comedy that plods along with too many dull scenes on a golf course, occasionally enlightened by some good comic glances from WILLIAM HAINES and some nice reaction shots from the wealthy golf set, including a very young JOAN CRAWFORD (without the thick eyebrows and overpainted mouth).

But the story is formula stuff, much like other Haines comedies that I've seen, whereby he struggles to prove himself (all for the sake of winning the girl) and goes through a series of Harold Lloyd-like situations before the clinch in the final reel.

TCM's print shows quite a bit of film damage, so apparently they saved this one for restoration just in time. Some of the title cards are quite amusing but the background score imposed on the film is pretty tiresome before it's over.

The best that can be said for this vehicle is that it shows Haines had the makings of a very good romantic leading man (in the Cary Grant vein when it comes to comedy), and his chemistry with Joan Crawford is evident from their first scene. In real life, they were great friends--and she helped him when the studios had to drop him because he refused to silence his homosexual lifestyle--whereby Crawford remained friends and gave him permission to design her new home which led to a new career for Haines in Hollywood.

As for the film itself, it was hardly worth saving--very thin on plot and not a comfortable viewing experience due to the often poor quality of the print.


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Country:

USA

Language:

None | English

Release Date:

22 October 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alle Pigers Helt See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$405,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM restored 2008)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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