Wild girls at a college pay more attention to parties than their classes. But when one party girl, Stella Ames, goes too far at a local bar and gets in trouble, her professor has to rescue ... See full summary »


Dorothy Arzner


Samuel Hopkins Adams (story) (as Warner Fabian), E. Lloyd Sheldon (adaptation)





Complete credited cast:
Clara Bow ... Stella Ames
Fredric March ... James Gilmore
Marceline Day ... Faith Morgan
Shirley O'Hara ... Helen
Adrienne Dore ... Babs (as Adrienne Doré)
Joyce Compton ... Eva Tutt
Jack Oakie ... Al
Jack Luden ... George
Phillips Holmes ... Phil


Wild girls at a college pay more attention to parties than their classes. But when one party girl, Stella Ames, goes too far at a local bar and gets in trouble, her professor has to rescue her. Gossip linking the two escalates until Stella proves she is decent by shielding an innocent girl and winning the professor's respect. Written by Ed Lorusso

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She's talking! Listen to the other half of "It!" Campus Cuddlers, flaming females, jazz mad youth. You'll hear 'em all! (Print Ad- Painesville Telegraph, ((Painesville, Ohio)) 18 May 1929) See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Included among the American Film Institute's 2000 list of the 500 movies nominated for the Top 100 Funniest American Movies. See more »


James Gilmore: Have you ever seen the college from here? It's beautiful isn't it? Have you ever thought why it's there? Fifty or sixty years ago, a great woman suffered and slaved to build it. She braved the ridicule of her friends and the abuse of her contemporaries to bring a true freedom to women. Others have given their best to it because they have the same ideals. And what has happened to their ideal? You and others like you have turned the college into a country club for four years. Four years that you ...
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Alternate Versions

Paramount also released this movie in a silent version with film length of 1848m. See more »


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My Wild Party Girl
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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One of Fred's firsts, not bad, but not really good either...
5 October 2002 | by purplecrayonSee all my reviews

This is the 35th or so Fredric March movie I have seen to date...and the earliest one. I must say overall I was not impressed with it. Fred was handsome to be sure...but his part was not very challenging or deep for him. He was fine in the movie though...wonderful voice, got to see him in knickers again (other time in the Marriage Playground)...hey, if I were at a college and he was a professor, I would be like Clara and her pals; take his class just because he's such a swell guy!!

About Clara Bow...I didn't think she was so great,you could tell she was definately meant to be a silent actress with all her facial and eye expressions, and I have no idea why Fred fell for her instead of her friend Helen, who was more of a nice and sweet girl. I found Clara very boisterous, rebellious; I did not like her voice or manner or personality. I found the clothing styles in this film hilarious!! Did people actually wear that kind of stuff??? And it surprised me how Clara looked like she could be a modern person, a person of now, I think because her hairstyle was so different--more frizzy and loose.

This is not a film that leaves you sighing at the wonderful acting or story...it left me just thinking, "that was interesting..." It is in no way Fredric's best. For that, see him in The Eagle and the Hawk, The Best Years of Our Lives, Smilin' Through, Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, We Live Again...there are many others out there besides this one. Still and all, I am glad to have seen this, Fred's 2nd talkie.

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Release Date:

6 April 1929 (USA) See more »

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The Wild Party See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

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1.20 : 1
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