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Biography of a Bachelor Girl (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Romance | 4 January 1935 (USA)
Everyweek Newsmagazine editor Richard Kurt pursues psuedo-portait artist Marion Forsythe on her arrival from Europe after painting (and possibly being involved with) notables all over the ... See full summary »

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Edward H. Griffith

Writers:

S.N. Behrman (play), Horace Jackson (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ann Harding ... Marion Forsythe
Robert Montgomery ... Richard 'Dickie' Kurt
Edward Everett Horton ... Leander 'Bunny' Nolan
Edward Arnold ... Mr. 'Feydie' Feydak
Una Merkel ... Slade Kinnicott
Charles Richman ... Mr. Orrin Kinnicott
Greta Meyer ... Minnie, Marion's Maid
Willard Robertson ... Grigsby, the Process Server
Donald Meek ... Mr. Irish, Moose Village General Store
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Everyweek Newsmagazine editor Richard Kurt pursues psuedo-portait artist Marion Forsythe on her arrival from Europe after painting (and possibly being involved with) notables all over the continent. He convinces her to write her biography as a feature for his magazine. An old "beau" of hers also looks her up in New York; he is running for U.S. Senator from their home state, and is engaged to an influential publisher's daughter. He is fearful that Marion's tales could embarass him, so he tries to persuade her and Kurt to abandon the idea. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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Comedy | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Biography of a Bachelor See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The $2,000 advance would equate to $36,100 in 2017. See more »

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Richard 'Dickie' Kurt: Would you mind having your jitters after I leave?
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Lady Ann
26 May 2006 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

She's nearly forgotten today, but Ann Harding was a true cinema aristocrat in the '30s, a movie star who didn't look like one (she wore practically no makeup) but was lovely all the same. She didn't act like one, either. Here, she's a free- thinking artist (referred to by other characters as "Bohemian," and it's clearly an insult) whose projected tell-all autobio is going to put an old flame's political career in jeopardy, and she's so obviously more intelligent than any of her co- players that you can't take your eyes off her. Calm, ladylike, and vaguely amused by her surroundings, she's a lot like her contemporary Irene Dunne, but less forced. The movie, from a smart S.N. Behrman stage comedy, is a civilized affair where characters bat around words like "propinquity" without flinching and the slowish pacing feels right. Perfect it's not, particularly in the male casting: Robert Montgomery, as her perpetually dissatisfied editor, doesn't stint on the character's unlikability, which leaves one rooting only halfheartedly for their romance to alight. And Edward Everett Horton, as her compromised ex-beau, isn't believable for a moment, being so obviously... Edward Everett Horton. On the other hand, Edward Arnold, the screen's best Evil Plutocrat of the '30s, is here a quiet, sympathetic spurned beau, and completely charming. It's a pleasant journey back to a time where the general public was more sophisticated, though without Ms. Harding's presence, it wouldn't add up to nearly as much.


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