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A Mediocre Movie!!!
kidboots25 April 2011
Warning: Spoilers
James Murray had shot to stardom in 1928's "The Crowd" but by 1930 he was almost unemployable and could only find work with fly by nighters. He was a hopeless alcoholic, who would die in mysterious circumstances in the mid 1930s. Merna Kennedy had had her moment as well - she had garnered a lot of publicity when she was picked for Charlie Chaplin's "The Circus" - unfortunately that is the Charlie Chaplin movie no one remembers. She also scored in Paul Fejo's innovative early sound movie "Broadway" (1929) but in 1930 she and Murray were the stars of "The Rampant Age", an exploitation movie about rampaging youth. Trem Carr Productions was a poverty row studio that eventually ended up specializing in Westerns before it disbanded in 1939.

When Sandy (James Murray) invites Doris (Merna Kennedy) to one of his parent's "wild" parties, she refuses. Parties aren't much in her line - she may be poor but she is a "good" girl as opposed to his other "fast" friends. One of them, Estelle (Margaret Quimby) is after him - hook, line and sinker and Doris's mother advises her to stop mooning about the house and get out and party!!! She does but now Sandy is in Estelle's clutches and when the highlight of the party - a "Girl Auction" is announced, Sandy doesn't even bid for Doris - he visits her the next day with the old "You were my Ideal - I thought you were different" speech that sends Doris straight to DeWitt's arms. Even though she is not enjoying her "party" life style she is determined to teach Sandy a lesson. He comes to his senses almost too late - when Estelle announces she and Sandy are heading for the altar, Doris impulsively announces they should all get married.

Sandy breaks into the gathering and starts behaving like someone in a Victorian melodrama - "contemptible cad", "cheap and vulgar", "you're trampling on all the Commandments" etc are just some of the heavily moralistic stuff that is thrown around. When Doris gets an earful of what married life will be like with Sandy she jumps into the nearest plane and takes off - but you guessed it, she doesn't know how to land!!! The movie ends with a tricky aerial stunt as Sandy "rope climbs" from his plane to Doris but all in all it is a very mediocre movie. It not only suffers from being an early sound movie with none of the features that would have helped it if it were made at a major studio, it also has the old "double standard". James Murray, who had a very pleasing voice, does his best but he can't stop partying Sandy from sounding like a stuffed shirt when he decides to preach a sermon about "fast girls". Florence Turner who was the original Vitagraph Girl plays Doris's mother.
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