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The Girl Habit (1931)

A mild Lothario tries to get arrested as protection from the gangster husband who has threatened him.

Director:

Edward F. Cline

Writers:

Owen Davis, Clayton Hamilton (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Charles Ruggles ... Charlie Floyd
Tamara Geva ... Sonja Maloney
Sue Conroy Sue Conroy ... Lucy Ledyard
Margaret Dumont ... Blanche Ledyard
Allen Jenkins ... Tony Maloney
Donald Meek ... Jonesy
Douglas Gilmore ... Huntley Palmer
Jerome Daley Jerome Daley ... Warden Henry
Betty Garde ... Hattie Henry
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Ackerman Jean Ackerman ... Lingerie salesgirl
Murray Alper ... Hood
Edward Gargan ... Detective
Paulette Goddard ... Lingerie salesgirl
Erica Newman Erica Newman ... Lingerie salesgirl
Norma Taylor Norma Taylor ... Lingerie salesgirl
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A mild Lothario tries to get arrested as protection from the gangster husband who has threatened him.

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 June 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Flickornas Charlie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Connections

Version of Thirty Days (1922) See more »

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Odd and Quirky
8 June 2017 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Odd comedy has Charlie Ruggles as a Lothario about to be married, but he's being framed by a sales girl who has misleading letters he wrote to her. He tries to get the letters back but her husband walks in and catches them together. To escape the husband, Ruggles gets himself sent to prison.

Many things in this comedy just do not work. Several of the story elements are not funny and do not work. Others don't go anywhere. Ruggles is fine doing his usual bumbling act. The two female leads, however, are simply terrible. Sue Conroy as Lucy Ledyard, has zero appeal, and Tamara Geva as Russian Sonya equals her. This was Conry's final film and Geva's American talkie debut.

Allen Jenkins plays the husband and plays the role as a straight dramatic part. It doesn't work. Douglas Gilmore plays Huntley, the man who's manipulating all the action. Jerome Daley plays the nasty jail warden. Edward Gargan plays a detective.

Coming off better are Donald Meek as Jonesy the butler, Margaret Dumont as Blanche Ledyard, and Betty Garde as Hattie the warden's wife. Paulette Goddard plays one of the sales girls.

In the final analysis, Ruggles and Dumont are good together, but they needed a better story.


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