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The Girl in the Show (1929)

Passed | | Comedy | 31 August 1929 (USA)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Bessie Love ... Hattie Hartley
Raymond Hackett ... Mal Thorne
Edward J. Nugent ... Dave Amazon (as Edward Nugent)
Mary Doran ... Connie Bard
Jed Prouty ... Newton Wampler
Ford Sterling ... Ed Bondell
Nanci Price Nanci Price ... Oriole Hartley
Lucy Beaumont ... Lorna Montrose
Richard Carlyle Richard Carlyle ... Leon Montrose
Alice Moe Alice Moe ... Grace Steeple
Frank Nelson Frank Nelson ... Tracy Boone
Jack McDonald Jack McDonald ... Ernest Beaumont
Ethel Wales ... Mrs. Truxton
John F. Morrissey John F. Morrissey ... Jeff Morgan
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eva the Fifth See more »

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Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Quotes

Newton Wampler: Until I saw you just now with your war paint off, I'd a sworn you weren't a day over twelve.
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Some films age well...this one certainly doesn't!
26 May 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This is an early talking picture from MGM and, interestingly, most of the actors had very short careers in talkies...and in seeing the picture I can understand why! Too many of the actors simply suck...no other way to say it!

Hattie (Bessie Love) is a member of a low-budget traveling acting troop that specialize in doing a god-awful rendition of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" (complete with white actors in black-face). Not surprisingly, they are living hand to mouth and are always on the verge of folding. So, when Mr. Wompler offers to marry Hattie, she jumps at the opportunity...but, oddly, starts to regret it.

The girl who played Oriole (Nanci Price) is simply terrible...overacting, annoying and so bad I wanted to see a piano fall out of the sky on her! Love, who was pretty good in films like "Broadway Melody" is not very good here...and the rest of the actors are only fair at best. The bottom line is that this picture ages poorly...and it's mostly due to the acting which was far from subtle. Hard to watch today.


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