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Bare Knees (1928)

A young married woman in a small town is visited by her sister, a single "flapper" who causes a scandal in town with her bobbed hair and short skirts. She attracts the attentions of some of... See full summary »

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Erle C. Kenton

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Adele Buffington (story), Casey Robinson (titles) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Virginia Lee Corbin ... Billie Durey
Donald Keith ... Larry Cook
Jane Winton ... Jane Longworth
Johnnie Walker ... Paul Gladden
Forrest Stanley ... John Longworth
Maude Fulton ... Bessie
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A young married woman in a small town is visited by her sister, a single "flapper" who causes a scandal in town with her bobbed hair and short skirts. She attracts the attentions of some of the local men, which causes an even greater scandal--which is made worse when her sister abruptly leaves her boorish husband for another man. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Short Skirts See more »

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Gotham Productions See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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A Solid Flapper Movie
30 May 2008 | by MaleejandraSee all my reviews

Bare Knees is the epitome of the Jazz Age, but because of its obscure cast, it will most likely remain a rarity forever. The story revolves around Billie (Virginia Lee Corbin) who comes to a small town to visit her sister (Jane Winton). She stirs things up with her short skirts, bobbed hair, and flapper mannerisms. She catches the eye of Larry Cook (Donald Keith) who gives her his pin to wear. She is a flirt who likes to have a good time, but the townspeople cannot see past that to realize she is really a moral person.

This film is purely entertainment. Corbin is beautiful and plays her role to a T. Also notable is the bow-legged maid (Maude Fulton) who does her best to adapt to Billie's flapper lifestyle. Bare Knees has several memorable scenes like the baseball game and the fire on the pier, but you should really see it for yourself.

The Grapevine release has a better-than-normal print which was struck from the original 35 mm nitrate film. There are only a few scenes where the faces look washed out and the ending is a bit dark due to the purple tinting, but otherwise, it is in great shape. The musical score suits the action well too.


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