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Coquette (1929)

Unrated | | Drama , Romance | 6 April 1929 (USA)
A flirtatious Southern belle is compromised with one of her suitors.

Director:

Sam Taylor

Writers:

George Abbott (based on the stage production by), Ann Preston Bridgers (based on the stage production by) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Pickford ... Norma Besant
Johnny Mack Brown ... Michael Jeffery (as John Mack Brown)
Matt Moore ... Stanley Wentworth
John St. Polis ... Dr. John Besant
William Janney ... Jimmy Besant
Henry Kolker ... Jasper Carter
George Irving ... Robert Wentworth
Louise Beavers ... Julia
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Storyline

Norma Besant, daughter of a Southern doctor, is an incorrigible flirt and has many boys on her string. She begins to favor Michael Jeffrey, who, shiftless and hot-tempered but fundamentally honorable, is warned off by her father. When Michael returns after a long absence, the pair are innocently compromised, and Dr. Besant's old-South paternal rage brings tragedy. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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100% Talking Picture See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Coqueta See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$489,106 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,400,000, 31 December 1929
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Pickford Corporation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Mary Pickford is considered the first performer to have launched a publicity campaign to win an Oscar, unusual in that the Academy Awards had not yet earned cache with either audiences or industry people in 1929. Decades later, publicity campaigns would became standard operating procedure within Hollywood. See more »

Quotes

Jasper Carter: Did Michael Jeffery make love to you there?
Norma Besant: Yes.
Jasper Carter: Did you resist him?
Norma Besant: Yes.
Jasper Carter: But he forced his attention?
Norma Besant: Yes.
Jasper Carter: And you could not resist his lovemaking?
Norma Besant: No.
Jasper Carter: And he made you yield?
Norma Besant: Yes.
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Connections

Featured in Mary Pickford: A Life on Film (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

LI'L LIZA JANE
(1916) (uncredited)
Written by Ada De Lachau
Sung in part by uncredited actor
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America's Sweetheart Speaks!
27 December 1999 | by rudy-46See all my reviews

As with most early talkies, some of the performances will appear insecure and the dialogue may seem either flat or overracted. For many actors the transition to sound was not an easy one. The early recording devices of the late twenties were not refined until many years later. So to modern audiences much of this will seem crude amidst this age of digital technology. This film is certainly not one of Mary Pickford's best work. I think its true to say her silent era was her golden age.

Upon viewing this film it becomes evident of the transition period in the film industry. The actors are speaking but there is the hint of gestural expressions that became common in the silent era. Its by no means a cinematic work of art, but there are some redeeming qualities. I happen to have got a tape taken from a good print so as to observe that some of the photography and lighting was somewhat decent but not too brilliant. Some of the acting takes a back seat but it is Miss Pickford's presence that saves what would be a forgettable film. This was a whole new concept. Mary Pickford speaks for the first time and her personna was altered by her trendy apparell and short, shingled hairstyle. In my opinion she was worthy of the Academy Award. Not only was she one of greatest actresses of the century but she was very instrumental in the deveopment of the film industry. But still her talkies don't compare to her silent films. It is these more than anything that secures her status of the icon she truly was, "America's Sweetheart".


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