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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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The life of the party and HOW! See more »

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 April 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dzikie przyjecie See more »

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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 »


Soundtracks

My Wild Party Girl
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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If you like the early talkies you'll like this one
16 August 2010 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

In fact, on some levels it is a fascinating look at college girls at play at the end of the roaring twenties. The year is 1929 and the place is mythical Winston College, an all-girl school. Stella Ames (Clara Bow) is the most popular girl in school and life of the party, Helen Owens (Shirley O'Hara) is the smartest girl in school, and Faith Morgan (Marceline Day) is a trustee of sorts in the dorm where the girls live who is given to lecturing Stella and has a very stern outlook on life. All of the girls get along pretty well with the exception of one who seems to delight in snooping and gossiping - her antics enter heavily into the plot. The romance here is an unlikely one between young professor of anthropology Dr. Gilmore "Gil" (Fredric March) and party girl Stella. The relationship starts out antagonistically due to an incident a few months before Gil came to the college. A mishap in the sleeper car of a train had a sleepy Stella getting up in the middle of the night for a drink of water and returning to the wrong berth - Gil's, in fact. She's determined to get even with him for teasing her at the time, and is surprised when he doesn't seem to know she's alive.

The college stag dance with girls dancing with girls in which Stella and her two buddies enter the stag dance in a sort of conga line dressed in sequined bathing suits, raccoon skin coats, and high heels is truly an iconic moment in late 20's film. The story should hold your interest although there is nothing truly unique about it, and I thought that the acting and direction were quite good for an early talkie. Sure, Bow has a very noticeable New York accent, but it suits her in this and the other early talkie roles I've seen her in as it accentuates her brashness. Director Arzner keeps things moving by not letting a dead camera just hang there while actors endlessly speechify as is common in other films from this same year. As for the plot devices, there's a rowdy roadhouse, a near-attempted rape, a shooting, dorm fire-drills and head counts at embarrassing moments, and one of the girls falling asleep on the beach with a man at a party until 4AM and then losing the page of a letter in which she is writing about the incident. Wherever did that piece of paper go? I'd definitely recommend this to early talkie fans.


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