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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.


Jack Conway, Sam Wood (uncredited)


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




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)


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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A BLONDE TORNADO sweeping all men off their feet in her quest for love and riches...! (Print Ad- Evening Star, ((Washington, DC)) 23 August 1934) See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance


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Sam Wood shot additional scenes, uncredited. See more »


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 »


Charlie Turner: [Dropping in on T.R. and Eadie] Well, well, I've been looking all over Palm Beach for you. Mind if I join you?
T.R. Paige Jr.: Yes, we want to be alone.
Charlie Turner: [Sits down at their table] Well, I don't blame you! Prettiest girl in Palm Beach. You ought to see her in a bathing suit!
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Auld Lang Syne
Traditional tune
Words by Robert Burns
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Classic Harlow Performance Is Still A Dazzler
25 July 2000 | by Ron OliverSee all my reviews

THE GIRL FROM MISSOURI arrives in New York City knowing exactly what she wants: to amount to something solid by marrying a millionaire - without losing her virginity. With her knockout good looks she quickly catches the eye of the playboy son of a tycoon, but by staying true to her virtue will she also discover true love?

Jean Harlow sizzles in this excellent little comedy. With her platinum hair & gorgeous accouterments, she is a dazzler. But her beauty should not obscure the fact that she was also a very good actress. She has rightfully earned her spot at the very top of the Hollywood pantheon.

An excellent cast gives Harlow fine support: Lionel Barrymore as the wily old tycoon, wise to Harlow's ways; handsome Franchot Tone as his son, smitten with love; raucous Patsy Kelly, stealing her scenes as Harlow's sidekick; debonair Alan Mowbray, as a well-mannered English Lord; elderly Clara Blandick as Barrymore's feisty secretary; hearty Hale Hamilton as a rich man with an eye for the ladies; muscular Nat Pendleton as a lifeguard who catches Kelly's flirtatious eye; and Lewis Stone, unforgettable in a small role as a bankrupted businessman.

It should be noted that this film was produced soon after Hollywood's Production Code was instituted. A comparison with RED-HEADED WOMAN, made two years earlier, would be fascinating - in which Harlow's character goes after the same ends, but uses very different means.

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Release Date:

3 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Born to Be Kissed See more »


Box Office


$511,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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