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Why Be Good? (1929)

A flapper with a dubious reputation enjoys a vivacious night of dancing and finds herself romantically linked to her boss.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Paul Perez (titles), Carey Wilson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Colleen Moore ... Pert Kelly
Neil Hamilton ... Winthrop Peabody Jr.
Bodil Rosing ... Ma Kelly
John St. Polis ... Pa Kelly (as John Sainpolis)
Edward Martindel ... Winthrop Peabody Sr.
Eddie Clayton Eddie Clayton ... Tom
Lincoln Stedman Lincoln Stedman ... Jerry
Louis Natheaux ... Jimmy Alexander
Collette Merton Collette Merton ... Julie
Dixie Gay Dixie Gay ... Susie
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Storyline

A young shop girl is dance mad, even winning prize cups in competitions. Circulating with lots of people gives her a dubious reputation, but we see it's unwarranted. The son of the owner of the department store she works in falls for her without realizing her status. at length, he puts her to a test to see just what kind of girl she is. Written by WesternOne

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Taglines:

A whoopee picture about the wild younger set. The real low down on flaming youth-right from the shoulder, right to your heart. You are the loser if you don't see "Why Be Good." (print ad- Anniston (Ala.) Star, 24 March 1929) See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 1930 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

That's a Bad Girl See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone) (Western Electric Equipment) (musical score and sound effects)| Silent (alternate version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

A young Jean Harlow appears on the rooftop bench at Junior's Second Party, and a young Andy Devine is a background extra at The Boiler restaurant. See more »

Goofs

When Peabody, Sr. enters the Store Manager's office he calls him Ralph. But the name on the Manager's door is H.B. Lewis. See more »

Quotes

Jimmy Alexander: Are you that way? Or do you only dance hot?
Pert Kelly: Listen, Big Boy, I'm a three-alarm fire - look out you don't get singed!
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Soundtracks

A Love-Tale of Alsace Lorraine
(uncredited)
Music by J. Fred Coots
Lyrics by Lou Davis
Played when Junior first speaks to Pert at The Boiler
Also played and sung when Pert and Junior arrive at the Stumble Inn
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It'll make you wish you were born in 1905

With stellar jazz-age tunes this movie starts on fire and never fades.

It's funny. It's sexy. It challenges the boundaries of the day.

I kept thinking: I was born several decades too late.

Makes me sad Colleen Moore didn't make many movies after this, before retiring in the mid-30s. Also fun to see ''Commissioner Gordon'' in the silent era. Supporting cast is well above average. And maybe most surprising of all it's all so natural. None of that ham- boned silent-era acting. It's almost as if the actors were delivering their lines in a talkie.

Thank heavens for TCM, or we'd never see this great movie.I could watch this movie over and over again.


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