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4/10
Like the Movie, Not Very Far
boblipton26 July 2017
There were a lot of cynical movies made about Hollywood. The various versions of A STAR IS BORN are the best known of them. GOLDIE GETS ALONG is a lesser work.

Lily Damita is a French girl stuck in New Jersey. Thinking she has a chance in Hollywood, she breaks with her obnoxious foster family, abandons her fiancé, Charles Morton, and strikes out for Tinseltown. She uses various questionable tactics to achieve her goal -- the Production Code had not come into full force when this movie was released -- albeit nothing that would offend Joseph Breen beyond repair. Eventually she winds up in Hollywood, to discover that her struggles have only begun.

While there are some interesting bits and pieces in this movie (keep an eye out for Walter Brennan as a stammering waiter), it never aspires to be more than a programmer, leaving its leads to carry it along its over-edited length. Alas, they don't succeed very well. Miss Damita's career would end later in the decade, when she would retire to the career of being Errol Flynn's wife. This would be Mr. Morton's last major credit in any movie, although he would continue for decades as an uncredited extra.
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1/10
As bad as they come
John Seal29 July 2006
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There is virtually nothing to recommend about this stale, unfunny, unromantic romantic comedy from RKO. The problem starts with star Lili Damita, who clearly is being groomed here as a junior grade Marlene Dietrich. Unfortunately, she is a strictly one dimensional simulacrum, and her performance as a misbehaving French girl trying to stay out of trouble in small town Springfield is dreadful. Equally inept is the romantic partner she's given, Charles Morton, who turns his quiet, unassuming character into the cinematic equivalent of a corpse. Boring doesn't begin to describe him. As always, it's good fun to see Nat Pendleton--here cast as a motorcycle cop--but his role is too small to outweigh the slow moving horror show that is Goldie Gets Along. Proof that not everything from the '30s is a classic--or even adequate.
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1/10
not worth watching
sandlot-1627225 July 2017
For a 30's classic this is not worth watching. I had trouble finishing the movie. At first I thought I should like all classic movies but this one is bad. Nat Pendleton is funny in this movie but we don't see enough of him. She tries to be a "naughty" girl from a small town but it goes off as phony.
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5/10
lesser knowns make an okay film
ksf-24 August 2017
"Goldie LaFarge" ( Lili Damita ) is determined to get out to Hollywood, to be discovered. She stays out all night, and doesn't care who knows. Of course, her boyfriend "Bill" (Charles Morton) might have something to say about it, as well as the family with which she lives. Black and white film buffs will recognize Nat Pendleton as the motorcycle cop. Pendleton usually played the thug, the wrestler, or the goofy older brother. Bill keeps bailing Goldie out of trouble, and wants to marry her. Goldie's actions are pretty un-even... she pretends to be horrified and rebuffs the men that try to take advantage of her, and in the very next scene, she bats her eyelashes and uses her baby voice and wiles to try to get rides, money, and whatever she can get. Damita had come over from France, and her accent is still pretty strong in this one, in spite of being in Hollywood for several years. Another uncredited appearance by Walter Brennan, as the stuttering waiter. Wow, he had so many uncredited roles, right up to the mid-1930s. The sound quality is pretty hit or miss, but it's not surprising, as talkies had only been around a couple years. Towards the middle, there is a background equipment buzzing sound that disappears after a while. Another RKO shortie. That ending leaves us with a strange taste... there's good news, and there's bad news. Pretty mixed messages there. Directed by Malcolm St. Clair, who had directed many a Hollywood big shot. He directed Laurel & Hardy, as well as Harold Lloyd and even Buster Keaton. We'll call this one "just okay". weird daydream sequence towards the end... was probably hailed as "great special effects" at the time, but just looks amateurish by today's standard. Only rated 4 out of 10, but of course, only 38 votes at this point.
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7/10
say it isn't so
kcfl-119 September 2017
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A near-great film til the ending. A number of films of the pre-women's lib movement period have endings that negate all that comes before, like "Female" (1933). A woman drives to the top, then gives it up for marriage. I don't think this will stick here because a) she's under contract to a studio and b) her fiancé lied to get her to marry him. So I think she's going to continue on course instead of marrying the creep.

Goldie uses every wile to get to Hollywood: flirting outrageously, stealing, and participating in a con game. She's in command all the way.

Now I'm going to say something heretical: Lili Damita is as good as Greta Garbo! So please see this..
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