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Children of Pleasure (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 26 April 1930 (USA)
Successful songwriter falls for society girl who is just playing around. He doesn't realize that his girl-Friday is the one he really loves until it is almost too late. Although he is ... See full summary »

Director:

Harry Beaumont

Writers:

Crane Wilbur (play), Richard Schayer (scenario)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lawrence Gray ... Danny Regan
Wynne Gibson ... Emma Gray
Judith Wood ... Pat Thayer (as Helen Johnson)
Kenneth Thomson ... Rod Peck (as Kenneth Thompson)
Lee Kohlmar Lee Kohlmar ... Bernie (as Lee Kolmar)
May Boley May Boley ... Fanny Kaye
Benny Rubin ... Andy Little
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Storyline

Successful songwriter falls for society girl who is just playing around. He doesn't realize that his girl-Friday is the one he really loves until it is almost too late. Although he is dazzled by high society, he overhears the society girl's admission of just fooling in time to avoid marriage. Played against a theatrical backdrop, there are lots of songs and production numbers. Written by Ed Lorusso

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An amazing story of jazz-mad youth- filled with action- crammed with entertainment. (Print ad- the leader-Post,((Regina, Saskatchewan)) 21 May 1930)


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Song Writer See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (2-strip Technicolor) (one sequence)| Black and White

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The beaded 'see-through' drapes in the "Dust" number were first used for the "Singin' in the Rain" sequence in Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929). See more »

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Edited into Roast-Beef and Movies (1934) See more »

Soundtracks

The Better Things in Life
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Fred Fisher
Sung by Lawrence Gray
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Diagetic
29 July 2014 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This is a diagetic musical. "Diagetic" refers to sounds or music that has a source on the screen; when Gene Kelly starts dancing in his music and the music comes out of nowhere, that is not diagetic. In this one, about songwriter Lawrence Gray, who loves Judith Woods and is loved by Wynne Gibson, Gray sits at a piano or we see a stage in a theater. Everything is "realer". Is it better? Well, my taste runs towards the MGM musicals of the Freed era, which were not like this.

Still, this is a fine early musical, eked out with the production values that MGM put into its musicals in those days, with great if stagy choreography by Sammy Lee and big production numbers, all under the direction of the underrated Harry Beaumont. He could get great performances out of mediocre actors and Wynne Gibson is a ball of fire in this one: a revelation that makes you realize that she was reined in and misused at Warner Brother.

The technical people haven't solved all the technical problems of dealing with sound. The staged musical numbers sound thin in the higher register and the camera is almost entire immobile. Still, the editing under Blanche Sewell deals nicely with the issues; the songs offered are pretty good; and the parade of cameos is interesting.


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