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The Greeks Had a Word for Them (1932)

Sophisticated comedy: a trio of money hungry women who all have sugar daddies who keep them in the lap of luxury, even as they drive the men crazy. Each woman represents a different ... See full summary »

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Lowell Sherman

Writers:

Zoe Akins (play), Sidney Howard (adaptation)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joan Blondell ... Schatzi Sutro
Madge Evans ... Polaire Quinn
Ina Claire ... Jean Lawrence
David Manners ... Dey Emery
Lowell Sherman ... Boris Feldman
Phillips Smalley ... Justin Emery
Sidney Bracey ... The Waiter
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Sophisticated comedy: a trio of money hungry women who all have sugar daddies who keep them in the lap of luxury, even as they drive the men crazy. Each woman represents a different personality type, from sensitive, to kind-hearted, to difficult and untrustworthy. Set in the age of jazz, the twenties come roaring back with immorality and in-fighting. Written by SindyMac

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No metal could touch them but gold... See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Greeks Had a Word for It See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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The Waiter: It's the door that says Gentlemen - but don't let that stop you.
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Ina Claire Wants the World
19 June 2007 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Three "former chorus girls" team up to capture rich husbands. But they spend as much time fighting with each other as they do the men they try to snare. This film is based on a a play by Zoe Akins (THE GREEKS HAD A WORD FOR IT) which is also the basis for the softer and more genteel 50s version HOW TO MARRY A MILLIONAIRE.

In this pre-code version, Ina Claire plays the grasping and back-stabbing blonde who will go to any length to get what she wants. Joan Blondell plays the sensible girl (stocks and bonds), and Madge Evans is the sensitive one. All three dish the dirt while they chase after rich David Manners, that is until Claire decides that his daddy is a better catch! Lowell Sherman directs and co-stars as the Russian pianist (from the Bronx) who also dallies with the 3 ladies (and possibly with Manners?).

Ina Claire is totally outrageous here but fun to watch as she chews the scenery. Blondell, Sherman, and Evans are also very good. Manners is rather bland (as usual).


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