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Girls About Town (1931)

Two gold diggers prey on old rich men, but one of them falls in love with a young, rich man.

Director:

George Cukor

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Zoe Akins (story), Raymond Griffith | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kay Francis ... Wanda Howard
Joel McCrea ... Jim Baker
Lilyan Tashman ... Marie Bailey
Eugene Pallette ... Benjamin Thomas
Alan Dinehart ... Jerry Chase
Lucile Gleason ... Mrs. Benjamin Thomas (as Lucille Webster Gleason)
Anderson Lawler ... Alex Howard
Lucile Browne ... Edna Howard
George Barbier ... Webster
Robert McWade ... Simms
Louise Beavers ... Hattie
Judith Wood ... Winnie
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Storyline

Gold-diggers Kay Francis and Lilyan Tashman meet susceptible lonely businessmen at conventions in this ribald preproduction code story. The millionaires lavish the girls with expensive gifts. Francis falls for poor but virtuous Joel McCrea. Eugene Paulette is a copper king who gives Tashman jewelry. His wife reacts not with jealously but by trying to imitate her rival's style. Written by Ronald Syroid

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What the Greeks had a word for!

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pra que Casar? See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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Paul Lukas was originally set for the male lead. See more »

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Just after the 21 minute mark, Wanda and Jim are reclining on a yacht with a back-projection shot of the moonlit sea behind them. She says, "All I know is that they've been the happiest hours and minutes of my life." As she says this line, the moonlight reflection on the sea becomes suddenly darker. See more »

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Gold Diggers of 1931
24 February 2011 | by ChorusGirlSee all my reviews

Lilyan Tashman could sit and read the telephone book and make it funny. Someone needs to give this woman, and her tragically short career, a retrospective. This time she's got a sumptuous Paramount production, George Cukor at the wheel, everyone's favorite clotheshorse Kay Francis as co-star. Not enough? How about the great black actress Louise Beavers, whose entrance in the film is a scream (I'll say no more, lest I ruin it). It's a witty piece of art deco comedy, with Tashman and Francis as ermine-caped gold diggers, and Eugene Palette (not quite yet obese) and handsome Joel McCrea as the latest targets. Like so many Paramount films of the early 30s, its still fresh and contemporary, thanks to its grown up, pre-Code script. And those opening credits--couples dancing over the new york skyline--just icing on the cake. Don't miss this.


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