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The Bad Sister (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 29 March 1931 (USA)
Marianne falls in love with a con artist who has a hidden agenda.

Director:

Hobart Henley

Writers:

Edwin H. Knopf (adaptation) (as Edwin Knopf), Edwin H. Knopf (dialogue) (as Edwin Knopf) | 6 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Conrad Nagel ... Dr. Dick Lindley
Sidney Fox ... Marianne Madison
Bette Davis ... Laura Madison
Humphrey Bogart ... Valentine Corliss
Charles Winninger ... Mr. Madison
Emma Dunn ... Mrs. Madison
Zasu Pitts ... Minnie
Slim Summerville ... Sam
Bert Roach ... Wade Trumbull
David Durand ... Hedrick Madison
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Storyline

Marianne falls in love with con man Valentine who uses their relation to get her father's endorsement on a money-raising scheme. He runs off with the money and Marianne, later dumping her. Her sister Laura loves Dr. Lindley although she knows he loves Marianne. Marianne returns and marries a wealthy young man, and Lindley turns his love toward Laura. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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con man | remake | based on novel | See All (3) »

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She was a bad, bad girl - but Oh! how Good at the box office! (Trade paper ad). See more »

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gambling Daughters See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Bette Davis' first film. In her later appearances on TV talk shows, whenever an interviewer asked Bette "What was your first film?", her frequent response was: "It was called THE BAD SISTER. And I played the GOOD sister!" Invariably, the audience would roar with laughter and applaud. See more »

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Version of The Flirt (1916) See more »

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The Whiny Brat
23 September 2017 | by Richard ChattenSee all my reviews

A stagy early talkie occasionally enlivened by Karl Freund's photography; based on Booth Tarkington's 1913 novel 'The Flirt', which had already been filmed in 1916 and 1922 (the latter by Hobart Henley, who also directed this version). Two young Broadway actresses made their big screen debuts in this version; by the end of the decade top-billed Sidney Fox in the title role was ironically completely forgotten and died of an overdose of sleeping pills aged 30, while Good Sister Bette Davis was one of Hollywood's top female stars. Also in it is someone called Humphrey Bogart playing a brilliantined spiv for whom Fox falls, and the lugubrious Slim Summerville, whose presence presumably accounts for the notorious quote attributed to Carl Laemmle - president of Universal - that Davis had "about as much sex appeal as Slim Summerville".

The two girls actually make reasonably convincing sisters, aided by heavy kohl eyeliner that makes them resemble vampires and those famous Bette Davis Eyes already stand out. The Bad Sister played by Miss Fox - surrounded by male admirers like flies round a honey pot while Good Sister Davis pines in the background - is a silly, annoying brat rather than "BAD!", and although Davis at the time desperately coveted the role of the other sister, and would soon be playing Bad Sisters aplenty, hers are easily the most interesting scenes in the film.


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