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Girls About Town (1931)

Two gold diggers prey on old rich men, but one of them falls in love with a young, rich man.

Director:

George Cukor

Writers:

Zoe Akins (story), Raymond Griffith | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Kay Francis ... Wanda Howard
Joel McCrea ... Jim Baker
Lilyan Tashman ... Marie Bailey
Eugene Pallette ... Benjamin Thomas
Alan Dinehart ... Jerry Chase
Lucile Gleason ... Mrs. Benjamin Thomas (as Lucille Webster Gleason)
Anderson Lawler ... Alex Howard
Lucile Browne ... Edna Howard
George Barbier ... Webster
Robert McWade ... Simms
Louise Beavers ... Hattie
Judith Wood ... Winnie
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Storyline

Gold-diggers Kay Francis and Lilyan Tashman meet susceptible lonely businessmen at conventions in this ribald preproduction code story. The millionaires lavish the girls with expensive gifts. Francis falls for poor but virtuous Joel McCrea. Eugene Paulette is a copper king who gives Tashman jewelry. His wife reacts not with jealously but by trying to imitate her rival's style. Written by Ronald Syroid

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YOU KNOW ALL ABOUT THE MEN ABOUT TOWN- NOW COME AND DELVE IN TO THE PRIVATE LIVES OF THE "GIRLS ABOUT TOWN." (Print ad- Katoomba Daily ((Katoomba, NSW)) 19 March 1932) See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pra que Casar? See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.20 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

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Just after the 21 minute mark, Wanda and Jim are reclining on a yacht with a back-projection shot of the moonlit sea behind them. She says, "All I know is that they've been the happiest hours and minutes of my life." As she says this line, the moonlight reflection on the sea becomes suddenly darker. See more »

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Funny Movie With A Euphemistic Title
15 August 2011 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

No one says it in the picture and it's not in anyone's review, but aren't the girls in the title hookers? Thought so. Of course, this is a pre-code film and I guess it was acceptable to depict them rather than actually come out and declare same. I wasn't alive in the 30's, but that's how I read it.

That said, "Girls About Town" is a very funny picture with a good script and an even better cast. Kay Francis is one of my favorites, very feminine and demure, even as a, well, I already covered that. She was ably assisted by Lilyan Tashman, a comedienne who had a tragically short career in movies. Lots of energy and not bad looking. Joel McCrea is window dressing as he sleepwalks through his part but Eugene Palette holds up the male side of the fun. Louise Beavers is on hand with a bigger role than she is usually given. Tough luck for her she was a black in Hollywood in the 30's.

The picture gets a little far afield towards the end. I always get the impression writers come up with a clever idea for a story but often can't figure out how to end it and go for a predictable lameness, Exhibit A being "Harvey". But in my book "Girls About Town" had already earned its spurs, to mix a metaphor.


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