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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.

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Cast overview:
... Pert Kelly
... Winthrop Peabody Jr.
... Ma Kelly
... Pa Kelly (as John Sainpolis)
... Winthrop Peabody Sr.
Eddie Clayton ... Tom
Lincoln Stedman ... Jerry
... Jimmy Alexander
Collette Merton ... Julie
Dixie Gay ... Susie
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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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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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10 April 1930 (Finland)  »

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That's a Bad Girl  »

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

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1.33 : 1
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Vitaphone production reels #3091-3098 See more »

Goofs

When the Store Manager takes Pert Kelly's file from the file cabinet he takes it from the drawer beneath the one marked O-P, not from the drawer marked K, as would be expected. See more »

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Pert Kelly: I'm a darned good salesgirl. I can get another job...
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You're the Flower of My Heart, Sweet Adeline
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Music by Harry Armstrong
Pantomimed by Junior's friends in the car outside Pert's house
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Colleen Moore's Final Silent Film
7 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Colleen Moore stars as Pert Kelly, a sales girl in a department store by day and a jazz baby by night. One night she meets a guy (Neil Hamilton) who happens to be the son of the department store owner. They hit it off, but when she's late for work the following morning, she's called into his office and they discover who they are. She's fired by the store owner, but she thinks the son did it. Rich daddy tries to protect his son from that kind of girl and talks him into testing her by taking her to a hotel to see how she reacts. Is she a good girl? Does it matter? After all, why be good? Moore is terrific as the dance-crazed flapper (who still lives at home with mom and pop). With her signature hair-do and skimpy dresses, she the very picture of the silent flapper. Hamilton is also good as the naïve son. Co-stars include Jack Norton as the drunken boyfriend, Bodil Rosing as the mother, John St. Polis as the father, and Edward Martindel as the store owner. Look fast for Grady Sutton, Mischa Auer, and Jean Harlow among the revelers.

This film was recently released on DVD after a massive effort to restore its video elements from several sources and its excellent Vitaphone soundtrack. After being listed as a lost film for many decades, we now have a shiny new version restored and available.


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