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Playing Around (1930)

New York girl has a dull boyfriend and seems destined for a dull marriage when she meets a rich playboy who has money to burn and places to go. She gets involved with the playboy and never ... See full summary »

Director:

Mervyn LeRoy

Writers:

Frances Nordstrom (based on: "Playing Around": by), Viña Delmar (adapted from the story by: "Sheba") (as Vina Delmar) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alice White ... Sheba Miller
Chester Morris ... Nickey Solomon
William Bakewell ... Jack
Richard Carlyle Richard Carlyle ... Pa Miller
Marion Byron ... Maude
Maurice Black Maurice Black ... Joe
Lionel Belmore ... Morgan the Pirate
Shep Camp Shep Camp ... Master of Ceremonies
Ann Brody ... Mrs. Fennerbeck
Nellie V. Nichols Nellie V. Nichols ... Mrs. Lippincott
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Storyline

New York girl has a dull boyfriend and seems destined for a dull marriage when she meets a rich playboy who has money to burn and places to go. She gets involved with the playboy and never seems to notice that he might by shady, until he shoots her father in a cigar-store holdup! Written by Ed Lorusso

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AMERICA'S GIRL FRIEND (original poster)

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Comedy | Drama | Music | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bela e o Fera See more »

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Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Mono (Vitaphone) (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In September 1928 Warner Bros. Pictures purchased a majority interest in First National Pictures and from that point on, all "First National" productions were actually made under Warner Bros. control, even though the two companies continued to retain separate identities until the mid-1930s, after which time "A Warner Bros.-First National Picture" was often used. See more »

Soundtracks

You're My Captain Kidd
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Sam H. Stept and Bud Green
Performed by an unidentifed female singer and chorus at the nightclub
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Playing Around with Alice White
4 July 2014 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Bubbly blonde Alice White (as Sheba Miller) enjoys an evening out at "The Pirates Den", an expensive nightclub. Her boyfriend William Bakewell (as Jack), a soda jerk making only $35 per week, thinks the place is out of their price range and wants to leave. On the way out, Ms. White enters the club's "pageant of the knees" contest and is judged by suave Chester Morris (as Nickey Solomon) to have the prettiest legs. Named "Queen of the Den," White sings "You Learn About Love Every Day" and arouses Mr. Morris. His friends advise White is a "no," but Morris considers her a possibility. White loves her childhood sweetheart, but is drawn to Morris' fancy lifestyle. White doesn't know it, but Morris has a secret she may not like...

This is a fairly typical plot, but the production turns out to be engaging. The popular elements of early talking pictures fall into place, with nightclub providing a natural site for musical numbers. The acrobatic blonde and other young women are an attractive diversion. Sounds of the city are natural, with Morris' car horn providing a focal point which fits neatly into the plot. The story, from writers Vina Delmar and Frances Nordstrom, is not extraordinary – however, secondary cultural characters and situations help keep it lively. The performances are theatrical, which fits the presentation as "Playing Around" is staged nicely by director Mervyn LeRoy and photographer Sol Polito; their lighting and tracking of sets a highlight.

****** Playing Around (1/19/30) Mervyn LeRoy ~ Alice White, Chester Morris, William Bakewell, Richard Carlyle


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