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Wise Girl (1937)

Approved | | Comedy | 31 December 1937 (USA)
Snooty heiress decides to track down her dead sister's kids, who are living a Bohemian life with their uncle in Greenwich Village. Once she finds them, she discovers that the Bohemian life ... See full summary »

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Leigh Jason

Writers:

Allan Scott (story), Charles Norman (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miriam Hopkins ... Susan Fletcher
Ray Milland ... John O'Halloran
Walter Abel ... Karl
Henry Stephenson ... Mr. Fletcher
Alec Craig ... Dermont O'Neil
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Mike (as Guinn Williams)
Betty Philson Betty Philson ... Joan
Marianna Strelby Marianna Strelby ... Katie
Margaret Dumont ... Mrs. Bell-Rivington
Jean De Briac ... George (as Jean de Briac)
Ivan Lebedeff ... Prince Michael
Rafael Alcayde ... Prince Ivan (as Rafael Storm)
Gregory Gaye ... Prince Leopold
Richard Lane ... Detective
Tom Kennedy ... Detective
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Storyline

Snooty heiress decides to track down her dead sister's kids, who are living a Bohemian life with their uncle in Greenwich Village. Once she finds them, she discovers that the Bohemian life is fun and free of the constraints her country-club life places on her. But she decides to take the uncle to court anyway to free him from the kids so he can paint. Written by Ed Lorusso

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Comedy

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Approved
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USA

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English | Italian | Russian | French

Release Date:

31 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Indestructible Susan See more »

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Budget:

$448,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In Feb. 1938, this film was being shown on a double bill with Penitentiary (1938). See more »

Quotes

Prince Michael: Excuse me, Mademoiselle.
Susan 'Susie' Fletcher: Hi ya, babe! You wanna shake a leg with me, huh? Okay, babe.
[to John and Mike]
Susan 'Susie' Fletcher: You don't mind if he manipulates me spine for a couple of rounds, do ya?
John O'Halloran: Huh?
Susan 'Susie' Fletcher: Tanks. I'll be back before you can close your mouth.
[leaves]
Mike: Say, does she always give it the Jekyll and Hyde?
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A dud
9 August 2005 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

Forced, cloying, formulaic. Do these adjectives make you want to run to rent his? Miriam Hopkins was brilliant in the original "Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde." A few other early movies of hers, notably "The Story of Temple Drake," are never shown but said to be excellent.

Here, she is cutesy, bossy, and thoroughly unappealing. Ray Milland as a Greeniwch Village bohemian not at all convincing.

The two child performers are creepy and also bear no relation to the Village as it was then.

Speaking as a native of Greenwich Village, I find the setting ersatz, generic, and phony. Not that I was around for a couple generations but my relatives were there in 1937. It isn't funny. It isn't remotely authentic. We don't care about the characters.

So many movies were made about the struggling masses vs the capitalists at this time, and done with elan. "Easy Living" comes to mind. It didn't take place in the Village. But it rings very true. This rings with a thudding knell.


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