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Born to Be Bad (1934)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 18 May 1934 (USA)
An immoral mother blackmails a wealthy businessman after he accidentally hits her delinquent son with his truck.

Directors:

Lowell Sherman, Jack Conway (uncredited)

Writer:

Ralph Graves (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Letty Strong
Cary Grant ... Malcolm Trevor
Jackie Kelk ... Mickey Strong
Marion Burns ... Mrs. Alyce Trevor
Henry Travers ... Fuzzy
Paul Harvey ... Attorney Brian
Russell Hopton ... Steve Karns
Harry Green ... Adolph - Letty's Lawyer
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Storyline

Letty, a young woman who ended up pregnant, unmarried and on the streets at fifteen is bitter and determined that her child will not grow up to be taken advantage of. Letty teaches her child to lie, steal, cheat and anything else he'll need to be street smart. We meet Letty when Mickey is 7-1/2. Mal enters the picture when his truck and Mickey, who is hanging on to the back of a delivery truck and being pulled along the streets on his roller skates, collide. Mickey is not injured badly, but when Letty discovers that Mal is rich, she concocts a scheme to take Mal to the cleaners. When her plot is uncovered, Letty is also discovered for the unfit parent that she is, and Mickey is taken away from her. Mal and his wife Alice, unable to have children of their own, take Mickey in and give him a father's love, a true mother's love, and a home he can call his own. Letty is jealous of Mickey's growing attachment to these two good people and she still sees Mal as a ticket to riches. Letty ... Written by <dwdunlap@erols.com>

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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 May 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nascida para o Mal See more »

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Budget:

$252,238 (estimated)
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Production Co:

20th Century Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Andrew Tombes is on an early cast list playing the part of "Max Lieber." A character called "Max" is mentioned in the film, but Tombes never appeared. See more »

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Loretta Does Her Best
12 January 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Loretta Young looks gorgeous. She gets to wear a lot of clothes. It's a little hard to buy her as an amoral, manipulative man-trap. But she works hard and this is partly because we know her oeuvre.

I have recently watched a lot of her early movies, which are not substantial enough to comment on. These include "Road To Paradise," "Party Girl," and "Big Business Girl." These are all early sound pictures and very creaky.

Here, though, Young is costarred with youthful and handsome Cary Grant. He hasn't quite become the Cary Grant who is rightly a fable in the history of Hollywood. But he's of course handsome and they are well matched -- if not necessarily plausible romantically.

The rest of the cast is OK. But the director was Lowell Sherman, who was excellent and has been underrated in later decades.


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