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Party Girl (1930)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 1 January 1930 (USA)
Jay Rountree, son of a wealthy manufacturer and young, rising businessman, gets caught up in a web involving an escort service or 'party girls.' While eluding the wily Diana Holster, the ... See full summary »

Director:

Victor Halperin (as Rex Hale)

Writers:

Edwin Balmer (novel), George Draney (scenario) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Jay Rountree
Jeanette Loff ... Ellen Powell
Judith Barrie ... Leeda Cather
Marie Prevost ... Diana Hoster
John St. Polis ... John Rountree
Sammy Blum Sammy Blum ... Sam Metten
Harry Northrup ... Robert Lowry
Almeda Fowler ... Maude Lindsay
Hal Price ... Lew Albans
Charles Giblyn Charles Giblyn ... Lawrence Doyle
Sidney D'Albrook Sidney D'Albrook ... Investigator
Lucien Prival ... Paul Newcast
Florence Dudley ... Miss Manning
Earl Burtnett Earl Burtnett ... Orchestra Leader (as Earl Burtnett and His Biltmore Orchestra and Trio)
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Storyline

Jay Rountree, son of a wealthy manufacturer and young, rising businessman, gets caught up in a web involving an escort service or 'party girls.' While eluding the wily Diana Holster, the self-proclaimed Queen of the Party Girls, he manages to get trapped in a web spun by Leeda Cather and her supposed mother and, much to his consternation and to the surprise of his fiancée, Jay soon finds himself an unhappily married man. And, as events would show, Diana isn't all that happy, herself. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It's big night every night for her, just one party after another for the out-of-town buyer. See her. Hear her. You'll like her. (Print ad-Hepner Gazette-Times,((Hepner, Ore.)) 29 May 1930) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dangerous Business See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Marie Prevost, the wildest of the "party girls," died at 38, alone and destitute in a Hollywood apartment. Her career, built mainly in silent films, went into decline as talkies took hold. Her death and penury prompted the Hollywood community to create the Motion Picture and Television Country House and Hospital, an institution to care for aging former industry performers in need. See more »

Quotes

Ellen Powell: He's been tricked!
Diana Hoster: Tricked my ankle.
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Farewell
Words and Music by Harry Stoddard and Marcy Klauber
Copyright 1930 by Shapiro, Bernstein & Co
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Acting Lessons
4 October 2014 | by paulbpageSee all my reviews

If you want to study good acting, this film is essential for, well, the flip side of the acting craft. The most basic line readings are spectacularly awful. My personal favorite: a woman, facing two policemen with overbearing warnings, saying, "so - long pause - what?" To be fair, though, the script, just the basic dialogue, is horrible and the plot is just the bare bones material for an audience to get a peek at a lurid world of 'party girls' and Prohibition-era 'gin parties.' The double-meanings are just a step more lurid than the thinly-veiled plots of other "A" pictures. While prostitution is the main theme, the look into how the rich flaunt the alcohol ban is sure to have titillated an audience of the era. The 'perfume' bath given to one of the girls is strongly suggested to be gin. And one cop notes before questioning a girl that the guilty go for a bottle before being interrogated. The class depictions in a film shot at the onset of the Depression also are stark. The rich drink and carouse with poor girls on the margins of society who, as the opening title says, want only to earn a living in a "decent" way. The message to women is clear enough: the workplace is no place for decent gals.


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