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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

Writers:

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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A ROMANCE DE LUXE OF THE DARLINGS AND DEARS WHO PRETEND LOVE FOR A PRICE (Print ad- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 10 December 1931) See more »

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Comedy

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Trivia

This film was supposedly inspired (not specifically, but generally) by actress, Tallulah Bankhead. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jim Baker: Where are you going?
Wanda Howard: Swimming.
Jim Baker: May I come along?
Wanda Howard: Sure. It's anybody's ocean.
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Risque fun
30 August 1999 | by sws-3See all my reviews

The "girls" of the title are Kay Francis and Lilyan Tashman, and the town is New York. This dynamic duo in silk and ermine entertain hick businessmen looking for a good time while in Manhattan. Francis, as one would expect, handles the melodrama deftly, while Tashman steals the show with her sharp delivery of the tart dialogue. As with most films made before the hammer of censorship came down in 1933, there are some real risque jolts in the both dialogue and action. Well worth tracking down.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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