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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.

Directors:

Jack Conway, Sam Wood (uncredited)

Writers:

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

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)
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Born to Be Kissed See more »

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Budget:

$511,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its initial television broadcasts in Green Bay WI Wednesday 23 January 1957 on WBAY (Channel 2) , in New Haven CT Wednesday 31 January 1957 on WNHC (Channel 6) and in Altoona PA Thursday 7 February 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10); it first aired in Philadelphia 26 March 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Los Angeles 6 June 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), in Tucson 14 June 1957 on KOVA (Channel 4), in Tampa 7 October 1957 on WFLA (Channel 8), in Honolulu 16 November 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), and in San Antonio 26 November 1957 on WOAI (Channel 4); in New York City its earliest documented telecast took place 25 August 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

T.R. Paige: Do you know how often I've seen you since you picked up that - blonde chiseler? Just twice. What do you mean by bringing a platinum cutie like that into a respectable club like this?
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Everybody Loves a Sailor
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The good Jean Harlow, during the code
7 June 2011 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Jean Harlow is "The Girl from Missouri" in this 1934 film that ran afoul of the production code and had to be cleaned up. Gone is the tough, sexy gal who's been around the block too many times to count. Now she's cheap-looking but wants the ring on her finger before anything else.

Jean Harlow is Eadie, and she's a delight in this film, which also stars Franchot Tone as the object of her affections, Lionel Barrymore as his father, and Patsy Kelly as her good friend. Eadie sets her sights on an old man, Cousins (Lewis Stone) at a party he throws; he's broke and has just asked T.R. Paige (Barrymore) for a loan. He doesn't get it. Eadie enters, and Cousins gives her his ruby cuff links, which she won't take because they're not engaged. Cousins, knowing he's about to blow his brains out, agrees to marry her, so she takes the cuff links. Before she knows it, he's dead, and she's slipped the cuff links to Paige so she won't be accused of stealing them.

Eadie then sets her sights on Paige and follows him to Palm Beach, where she meets a young man (Franchot Tone) who turns out to be T.R. Paige Jr. She's wildly attracted to him, but he's a playboy. Will he fall for her? Can it work? Good movie. Tone is smooth and elegant. I've never cared for Patsy Kelly; she always seems to be shouting, and she's very stagy. Barrymore is good as always.

So the pure Jean, still with the platinum blonde hair, makes her debut in this film governed by the Hays Code. A shame her career wasn't longer. She had a wonderful screen presence.


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