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Not So Dumb (1930)

Passed | | Comedy | 2 February 1930 (USA)
Not-so-smart chatterbox Dulcy Parker does and says all the wrong things, but they right themselves to prove she's not so dumb after all.

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

George S. Kaufman (play), Marc Connelly (play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marion Davies ... Dulcy
Elliott Nugent ... Gordon
Raymond Hackett ... Bill
Franklin Pangborn ... Leach
Julia Faye ... Mrs. Forbes
William Holden William Holden ... Mr. Forbes
Donald Ogden Stewart ... Van Dyke
Sally Starr ... Angela
George Davis George Davis ... Perkins
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Storyline

Not-so-smart chatterbox Dulcy Parker does and says all the wrong things, but they right themselves to prove she's not so dumb after all.

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Taglines:

A laugh in every line...and a howl in every scene. The Comedy Hit Of The Talking Screen

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dulcy See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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According to the October 26, 1929 edition of Exhibitors Herald-World, the opening driving scenes were filmed near Pasadena, CA. An eight-cylinder car was required, since it was discovered using a six-cylinder one caused interference with the sound recording. The "engine explosions" were "out of time with the high sound-wave frequency of the microphone." A platform was built over the front bumper where cameras and microphones were mounted, then cables were run to a sound recording truck that drove ahead. Elliott Nugent had to maintain a speed of 20 mph in his car to keep the pace even with the sound truck. See more »

Quotes

Van Dyke: Sell everything. Everything!
Mr. Forbes: What?
Van Dyke: War with Spain.
Mr. Forbes: You mean, war between Spain and this country?
Van Dyke: Oh, no. Spain and Abyssinia. I was talking for two hours with J.P. Morgan yesterday. But, keep it under your hat.
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Alternate Versions

MGM also released a silent version of this film. See more »

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Version of Dulcy (1923) See more »

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Not So Much
8 January 2012 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In sunny California, madcap party hostess Marion Davies (as Dulcinea "Dulcy" Parker) tries to impress stuffy businessmen for fiancé jeweler Elliott Nugent (as Gordon "Gordy" Smith). Tailor-made for Ms. Davies from dependable material (a hit play and silent film adaptation as "Dulcy"), "Not So Dumb" doesn't live up to the new title. The soundtrack is primitive, with Davies' voice sounding the worst. MGM's production team, director King Vidor, plus a supporting cast led by cute Raymond Hackett (as Bill "Willie" Parker) and comedian Franklin Pangborn (as Vincent Leach) help a little. Davies scatterbrain character is evidenced by her mixing up sayings, like: "The early worm always gets the bird," and "I just knew there was a woodpile in the…" Not so funny.

**** Not So Dumb (2/2/30) King Vidor ~ Marion Davies, Elliott Nugent, Raymond Hackett, Franklin Pangborn


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