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It (1927)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 15 February 1927 (USA)
A salesgirl with plenty of "it" (sex appeal) pursues a handsome playboy.

Directors:

Clarence G. Badger (as Clarence Badger), Josef von Sternberg (uncredited)

Writers:

Elinor Glyn (story and adaptation), Hope Loring (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clara Bow ... Betty Lou
Antonio Moreno ... Cyrus T. Waltham
William Austin ... 'Monty' Montgomery
Priscilla Bonner ... Molly
Jacqueline Gadsdon ... Adela Van Norman
Julia Swayne Gordon ... Mrs. Van Norman
Elinor Glyn ... Madame Elinor Glyn (as Madame Elinor Glyn)
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Storyline

Shopgirl Betty Lou has designs on Cyrus Waltham, the handsome owner of the department store where she works. Waltham, though, doesn't even know Betty Lou is around. In hopes of attracting Waltham's attention, she accepts a date with his best friend, Monty, under the condition that they dine at the Ritz, where Waltham also has a dinner date that evening. Her plan works and in no time at all she and Waltham are contemplating marriage. The romance cools when a newspaper reporter mistakenly writes a story depicting Betty Lou as an unwed mother. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Taglines:

CLARA BOW, that irrepressible, irresistible girl!! She has "it". ANTONIO MORENO, that virile, masterful lover! He has "it". "IT- that something which is indefinable. This picture has "it" (Original Herald)

Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Release Date:

15 February 1927 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

It See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$411,891
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Assuming its copyright has not lapsed already, this film and all others produced in 1927 enter the U.S. public domain in 2023. See more »

Goofs

As Waltham climbs onto the anchor, his shirt sleeve is intact. The scene cuts away to Monty & Adela in the rowboat for a brief moment but in the next scene, Waltham's sleeve is completely torn. See more »

Quotes

Inter-title card: Poverty is no disgrace - until meddling neighbors hear of it.
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Featured in The Age of Ballyhoo (1973) See more »

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Lightweight Story Given Life By Clara Bow
7 December 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

Clara Bow's energy and glamour give this otherwise lightweight feature some life, making it quite a bit better than it had any right to be. The rest of the production does have a couple of strengths, but not enough to carry the load. The story is pleasant and generally entertaining, but rather negligible. The "It" theme is overworked, and downplaying it in favor of a little more substance might have improved the movie. Yet it is still certainly worth seeing.

Bow gets a character that allows her to use her strengths while also giving her a chance to do some other things as well, as her character goes through a series of romantic episodes and other experiences. Perhaps one reason why this is one of her best-remembered features is that the role gives her some opportunities to show different sides of her character, as she uses her facial expressions and other resources pretty well.

The rest of the cast is just there for Bow to play off of, and the characters are mostly one-dimensional. Antonio Moreno is solid but sometimes lifeless, and his friend Monty is an annoying character whose only constructive purpose is to advance the plot at a couple of key stages.

One minor asset of the movie is the inter-titles, several of which add a bit of bite to some otherwise trite situations. But the constant references to the "It" concept, which apparently come from the Elinor Glyn source material, get old quickly. It's hardly a very imaginative or significant concept, and a couple of passing references would have been more than enough, so as to allow the story to stand more on its own.

The story itself is told rather well, and there are some enjoyable sequences, especially towards the end. While the whole thing is too superficial to belong on any best-of or must-see lists - especially in a year that produced so many outstanding and significant films - it's a generally entertaining little feature, and it is one of the best showcases for Clara Bow, who was one of the most popular performers of the 1920s.


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