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Just a Gigolo (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 6 June 1931 (USA)
Haines plays the role of a festive British nobleman, for whom a marriage has been arranged by his relatives. He goes to a European Summer resort and poses as a gigolo to meet the girl ... See full summary »


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Alexander Engel (from: the David Belasco production "Dancing Partners" by), Alfred Grünwald (from: the David Belasco production "Dancing Partners" by) (as Alfred Grunwald) | 5 more credits »


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Complete credited cast:
William Haines ... Lord Robert Brummel
Irene Purcell ... Roxana Hartley
C. Aubrey Smith ... Lord George Hampton
Charlotte Granville Charlotte Granville ... Lady Jane Hartley
Lilian Bond ... Lady Agatha Carrol
Albert Conti ... A French Husband
Maria Alba ... A French Wife
Ray Milland ... Freddie
Lenore Bushman ... Gwenny
Gerald Fielding Gerald Fielding ... Tony
Yola d'Avril ... Pauline


Haines plays the role of a festive British nobleman, for whom a marriage has been arranged by his relatives. He goes to a European Summer resort and poses as a gigolo to meet the girl chosen, learn what she's like and to apply the "acid test". Written by Richard Unger <DECOCHASER@aol.com>

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He posed as a gigolo to test her character- this unknown girl he was to marry in a month! (Print Ad- The Castilian,((Castile, NY)) 16 July 1931)


Comedy | Romance


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Release Date:

6 June 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dancing Partner See more »

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Technical Specs


| (New York opening)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to MPAA/PCA files, this film was rejected by censors in Ireland, Nova Scotia and British Columbia for its treatment of "immoral sexuality". See more »


Lord Robert Brummel: Give me this one evening. Let's slip away to some quiet place together. That quaint little inn in San Sebastian. A plane leaves at half past eight, Roxy. What do you say?
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Referenced in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) See more »


Just a Gigolo
(1929) (uncredited)
Written by Leonello Casucci, German lyrics by 'Julius Brammer' and English lyrics by Irving Caesar
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A nice change of pace for Haines.
2 June 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

In most of William Haines' films, he plays a man with incredible natural talents--be it as a soldier, a football player, a polo player or whatnot. Here in "Just a Gigolo" his talent seems to be women...and Lord Robert Brummel (Haines) is mistaken for a common gigolo. Since this is a pre-code film, there is lots to suggest but little is stated outright. A 'gigolo' is described as a man who takes money to dance with women....though most adults in the audience know this is code for a male prostitute. And, in usual William Haines style, he lets the lady believe that he's just a gigolo!

Casting Haines as a British lord did seem odd considering he sounds 100% American here. A Ronald Colman-type would have been more believable but MGM put Haines in this for one huge reason...he was a huge box office draw at the time. So, as was often the case, the role was expected to fit the actor instead of the other way around.

Despite Haines being wrong for the part, I really liked this film because unlike his other very formulaic films, this one is a comedy- -especially when the girl his character is chasing realizes who he is and decides to turn the tables on him. Clever and quite enjoyable.

By the way, as for Haines he only made a small handful of films after this. With the new Production Code of 1934, gays were now supposed to be DEEPLY in the closet and the openly homosexual Haines chose instead to walk away from films...and became a very successful interior decorator to the stars.

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