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The Girl from Missouri (1934)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 August 1934 (USA)
Chorus girl Eadie is determined to marry a millionaire without sacrificing her virtue.

Directors:

Jack Conway, Sam Wood (uncredited)

Writers:

Anita Loos (original screenplay), John Emerson (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jean Harlow ... Edith (Eadie) Chapman
Lionel Barrymore ... Thomas Randall Paige
Franchot Tone ... Thomas Randall Paige Jr.
Lewis Stone ... Frank Cousins
Patsy Kelly ... Kitty Lennihan
Alan Mowbray ... Lord Douglas
Clara Blandick ... Miss Newberry
Hale Hamilton ... Charlie Turner
Henry Kolker ... Sen. Titcombe
Nat Pendleton ... Lifeguard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lane Chandler ... Cop Arresting Eadie (scenes deleted)
Jack Cheatham ... Electrician (scenes deleted)
Russell Hopton ... Bert (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

With her pal Kitty, Eadie Chapman escapes from the sleazy roadhouse run by her mother and stepfather, only to become a showgirl. But her former milieu gave her a poor opinion of easy morals, and she plans to preserve her 'virtue' until marriage...preferably to a rich husband; while Kitty keeps falling for servants. Will playboy Tom Paige break down Eadie's resistance before his cynical father intervenes? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

100% Pure See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$511,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Wood shot additional scenes, uncredited. See more »

Goofs

When Eadie is looking over the house with T.R. and T.R. Jr., they enter a dark room with large windows. When T.R. goes to turn on the lights, the light coming in through the windows goes out a couple beats before the room lights come on. See more »

Quotes

Charlie Turner: I've got to go to Washington tonight with your Dad.
T.R. Paige Jr.: Dad's going to Washington?
Charlie Turner: Sure. Don't you know?
T.R. Paige Jr.: Know what?
Charlie Turner: Well, the big shots that have been hovering around here.
[to Eadie]
Charlie Turner: He doesn't know that T.R. may head the American delegation to the new Disarmament Conference.
T.R. Paige Jr.: Great scott, are they pulling another one of those?
Charlie Turner: Another one? Your Dad thinks he's the biggest thing since Benjamin Franklin!
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Featured in Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell (1993) See more »

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Everybody Loves a Sailor
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cleaned up jean harlow - during Hays code
6 February 2008 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

In this film, made JUST as the production code was being enforced, Jean Harlow is Eadie, and Patsy Kelly is the wisecracking, man-chasing sidekick "Kitty". Girl from Missouri starts out with the girls getting on a train, with Eadie making a promise to herself to earn money while looking for a millionaire husband, staying whole-some in the process. It doesn't take her long to meet up with Frank Cousins, (Lewis Stone, was the kindly Doctor in Grand Hotel, as well as Judge Hardy in the "Andy Hardy" films.), but all is not as it seems...The censors must have LOVED Harlow's line "A girl couldn't accept an expensive gift like that from a gentleman unless she was engaged." Later, someone says "You know we've never been alone together" and Eadie replies "Yeah, and we're not going to be!" Lionel Barrymore is T.R. Paige, another rich, uppercrust who comes to her rescue when trouble comes looking for Eadie. At one point, Paige declares "You oughta scratch me off your list - I'm not a ladies man".... I wonder what that line would have been just a couple years earlier before the Hayes code came rolling into town. What was he really saying? Carol Tevis seems to be the high-pitched "Baby Talker" as listed in the credits on IMDb. Looks like she was only in showbiz from 1931 - 1939, with "Munchkin" in Wizard of Oz being the last part she played. Fun, cleancut romp as the girls chase men around the country. Look for Nat Pendleton as the lifeguard, who was an Olympic Wrestler 1920 (silver medal winner) turned film star (he was in many of the Dr. Kildares, and would appear in four of Harlow's films.) Mistaken identity, plot twists, a young Franchot Tone, love stories, even Jean Harlow in a bathing suit in "Palm Beach", although the outdoor scenes of downtown appear to be a backdrop.


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