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

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Pert Kelly
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Winthrop Peabody Jr.
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Ma Kelly
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Pa Kelly (as John Sainpolis)
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Winthrop Peabody Sr.
Eddie Clayton ...
Tom
Lincoln Stedman ...
Jerry
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Jimmy Alexander
Collette Merton ...
Julie
Dixie Gay ...
Susie
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Man Dancing at The Boiler (uncredited)
Bobby Burns Berman ...
Night Club Show Host (uncredited)
Phyllis Crane ...
Salesgirl (uncredited)
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Young Man at The Boiler (uncredited)
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Blonde on Rooftop Bench at Junior's Second Party (uncredited)
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Drummer in Band at The Boiler (uncredited)
Earl McCarthy ...
Party Guest (uncredited)
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Junior's Secretary (uncredited)
Hector V. Sarno ...
Host of Stumble Inn (uncredited)
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Guest at Junior's First Party (uncredited)

Directed by

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William A. Seiter

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Paul Perez ... (titles)
 
Carey Wilson ... (screenplay)
 
Carey Wilson ... (story)

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John McCormick ... producer

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Sidney Hickox

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Terry O. Morse ... (as Terry Morse)

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Max Rée ... (uncredited)

Music Department

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Irvin Talbot ... orchestra director (uncredited)
Max Terr ... assistant orchestra director (uncredited)

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John McCormick ... presenter
Ernest Belcher ... choreographer (uncredited)

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Plot Summary

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 Flaming Youth - 1929 Model! See more »
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Also Known As
  • That's a Bad Girl (United States)
  • Dipsameni gia filia (Greece)
  • Hvorfor være artig? (Denmark)
  • Jazzdrottningen (Sweden)
  • Jazzikuningatar (Finland)
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  • 84 min
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Trivia The film was lost for decades until it was found in the late 1990s. The sole known 35mm nitrate print was discovered in an Italian archive. The print had been donated by actor Antonio Moreno who starred in Colleen Moore's Synthetic Sin (1929). 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Why Be Good? Sexuality & Censorship in Early Cinema (2007). See more »
Soundtracks I'm Thirsty for Kisses - Hungry for Love See more »
Quotes Gladys: Don't grieve lads! His Dad's Department Store employs one thousand cuties! If you find any department store cutie hotter than little Gladys, you let me know.
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