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The Wild Party (1929)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 6 April 1929 (USA)
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 »

Director:

Dorothy Arzner

Writers:

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

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

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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wild Party See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

One of the earliest of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in Clara Bow: Hollywood's Lost Screen Goddess (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

My Wild Party Girl
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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A sign of "Its" time
13 August 2001 | by KanterTheSharkSee all my reviews

The first thing I had to wonder, just prior to watching "The Wild Party" was whether or not it was based on the novelette I'd ripped through, just a month or so ago: The Wild Party by Joseph Mancuso March--originally published in 1928. Discovering that this was a very different story was my only disappointment.

It often seems that no small number of people, out there, don't want to give the early days of Hollywood the credit it so richly deserves. And that's sad; as sad as, say, the somewhat dark story behind "It" Girl, Clara Bow--whose mother considered slitting the girl's throat when Clara declared her she wanted to be an actress.

(Fortunately that didn't happen. If it had, film fans of today might not have an inkling of a clue that, even way back then--in the days that would become infamously known as "The Great Depression"--girls just wanted to have fun.)

Clara Bow plays her role of mischievous college girl, Stella Ames, to-the-hilt. And a young, debonaire Frederic March as straight-laced college professor Gilmore is her perfect counterpart.

The way the two begin seeing eye-to-eye may be said to be expected, but not totally predictable--because the antics of Stella Ames and her sorority sisters provide just the right element of subplot. If there was any one flaw in this gem, it was that the sound quality was often so scratchy, I was unsure, now and again, what one actor or another had said.

Still, this in no way detracts from the film's overall quality. (One must taken into account, after all, that 1929 was the infancy of the "talkie" era). Come to think of it, I can

only imagine what a "wild party" '29 must've been for many Hollywood executives and stars alike--the huge stock market crash aside!


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