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The Girl from 10th Avenue (1935)

Approved | | Drama | 1 June 1935 (USA)
When his fiancée Valentine dumps him, prominent lawyer Geoffrey Sherwood goes on a bender and winds up married to a stranger, Miriam Brady. They decide to give their marriage a chance. ... See full summary »

Director:

Alfred E. Green

Writers:

Charles Kenyon (adaptation), Hubert Henry Davies (play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bette Davis ... Miriam A. Brady
Ian Hunter ... Geoffrey D. 'Geoff' Sherwood
Colin Clive ... John Marland
Alison Skipworth ... Mrs. Martin
John Eldredge ... Hugh Brown
Phillip Reed ... Tony Hewlett
Katharine Alexander ... Valentine French Marland
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Miss Mansfield
Bill Elliott ... James--College Club Clerk (as Gordon Elliott)
Edward McWade ... Art Clerk
Adrian Rosley Adrian Rosley ... Marcel
André Cheron André Cheron ... Max--Waldorf Headwaiter (as Andre Cheron)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vesey O'Davoren Vesey O'Davoren ... Servant (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

When his fiancée Valentine dumps him, prominent lawyer Geoffrey Sherwood goes on a bender and winds up married to a stranger, Miriam Brady. They decide to give their marriage a chance. Their landlady, a one-time Floradora girl, offers to help Miriam become refined. Successful again, Geoffrey is approached ("if only we were free") by Valentine. Miriam tells Valentine off in no uncertain terms. Geoffrey moves into his club where Valentine's husband tells him he is a fool to leave Miriam. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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a Shop Girl shows a Society Leader what it takes to Hold a Man!

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Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La chica de la Décima Avenida See more »

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Production Co:

First National Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The original play opened in New York on 2 November 1914. See more »

Goofs

While drinking with John at the College Club, Geoffrey fills his glass in three successive shots without drinking the previous contents. See more »

Quotes

Geoffrey D. 'Geoff' Sherwood: Now I'm in oil.
Hugh Brown: So is a sardine.
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Connections

Remake of Outcast (1922) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner (1850)
Played on an organ before the wedding
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Bette Davis eyes
11 October 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Bette Davis was 27 when she made "The Girl from Tenth Avenue" in 1935. She's very slim and pretty, and as someone points out on this site, she looks more realistic than Joan Crawford did in these roles because Warners was less concerned with glamor. Davis did some roles in the early days where she was glamored up, such as "The Man Who Played God" and "Fashions of 1934" where she looks very pretty. Even in black and white, those huge blue eyes of hers really pop. When I saw her in person when she toured with John Springer, who interviewed her on stage, that's the first thing you noticed. That and that she looked so much better than she did in most of her roles.

"The Girl from Tenth Avenue" is about shopgirl, Miriam, who takes pity on society drunk Geoff (Ian Hunter) whose ex-girlfriend Valentine (Katharine Alexander) has just married someone else. Miriam marries him, and the two are happy, and he's sober, until Valentine tosses her husband (Colin Clive) out. Then she tears after Geoff. Since Miriam is from a different social class and self-conscious about it, she feels threatened.

Predictable class-conscious drama with nice performances. This is early Davis, before Warner Brothers realized that she was a forceful actress. It would be a couple of years yet before she hit her stride. Alison Skipworth provides the comedy as Mrs. Martin, who tries to counsel Miriam through her troubles.

Primarily for Davis fans.


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