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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

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

The film originally was called What a Flirt and then Gambling Daughters before being changed to Bad Sister just prior to its theatrical release. See more »

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Featured in Bette Davis: Größer als das Leben (2017) See more »

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Foolish sister would be closer the mark
4 August 2014 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Bette's first picture is a by the numbers affair. She seems a bit stiff at times as if she's still getting use to the camera, an unease that would vanish quickly. It's not hard to see why she was referred to as the little brown wren when she debuted. Her hairstyle and wardrobe are dowdy, even more so when you consider she's playing the younger "good" sister. Universal never did understand her appeal so it's fortunate that she didn't remain there long.

A word or two about the title, Sidney Fox the bad sister of the title, is more foolish and naive then really bad in the fashion that Bette would one day make the word mean. Fox was getting the big push from Universal but she makes little impact in the lead. Humphrey Bogart also just starting out is slender and attractive and even though his character has a bit more depth it's still a stock one. A good supporting cast, including Charles Winninger and ZaSu Pitts, helps but this is worth seeing only as a document of Davis's first film and early Bogie.


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