Jerry Strong's the son of a wealthy businessman, but he wants to be a painter. He hires Kay Arnold, a woman with a questionable past, as a model. They fall in love, and plan to get married. But Jerry's parents raise strong objections.Written by
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Capra later wrote that he was so smitten with the young Barbara Stanwyck at the time, he would have asked her to marry him if they both had been free at the time. See more »
At the 9:13 mark, Barbara Stanwyck is holding a cigarette in her right hand, while reaching into the coat pocket with her left hand. Next we see both her hands opening a wallet, then cut back to her holding up the cigarette in her right hand. See more »
This movie is one of the legendary Barbara Stanwyck's earliest starring roles. The title of the movie actually refers to prostitutes and that is what Stanwyck plays in this one, though it is, of course, only suggested. The set-up is that Stanwyck, a prostitute, is hired by a painter to be a model for one of his paintings. Through the course of the movie, Stanwyck's character, who has never know real love, is touched by the young painter's caring gestures (though to him, he is only being polite). As always, the beautiful Stanwyck carries the movie in the palm of her hand, and when the film is serious, it's pretty decent. Some problems arise in the humorous scenes with her chubby co-star (who died later in the decade because of self-starvation), a stereotypical, high-pitched, talkative New York girl who has too much of a silly vaudevillian personality to generate many laughs (remember, this is early 1930 and vaudeville was just beginning to wind down). Like a lot of early talkies, this movie is roughly edited, and the acting by the male lead is somewhat wooden. The story is okay, perhaps a bit too sentimental, but the movie is an interesting glance into the 1930s and the early stages of a screen Goddess' career.
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