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Spring Fever (1927)

To impress a wealthy young woman, a clerk pretends he is a pro-golfer.

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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 ... Johnson
Bert Woodruff ... Pop Kelly
Lee Moran ... Oscar
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Brent Helen Brent
Florence Wix Florence Wix
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To impress a wealthy young woman, a clerk pretends he is a pro-golfer.

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golf | based on play | See All (2) »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 October 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alle Pigers Helt See more »

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Runtime:

| (TCM restored 2008)

Sound Mix:

Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Filmed partially on location at Jewett Estate, 1145 Arden Road, Pasadena, California. See more »

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Jack Kelly: Gee, Pa - lay off those heavy boxes! You're no Dempsey.
Pop Kelly: The boss has been hollerin' for you - an' he's mad as blazes.
Jack Kelly: Listen, Pa - if the old herring gets too fresh I'll quit - then where will he be?
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Turner Classic Movies 2008 restored version is 78 min. 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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