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Bare Knees (1928)

A young married woman in a small town is visited by her sister, a single "flapper" who causes a scandal in town with her bobbed hair and short skirts. She attracts the attentions of some of... See full summary »

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Erle C. Kenton

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Adele Buffington (story), Casey Robinson (titles) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Virginia Lee Corbin ... Billie Durey
Donald Keith ... Larry Cook
Jane Winton ... Jane Longworth
Johnnie Walker ... Paul Gladden
Forrest Stanley ... John Longworth
Maude Fulton ... Bessie
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A young married woman in a small town is visited by her sister, a single "flapper" who causes a scandal in town with her bobbed hair and short skirts. She attracts the attentions of some of the local men, which causes an even greater scandal--which is made worse when her sister abruptly leaves her boorish husband for another man. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Release Date:

1 February 1928 (USA) See more »

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Short Skirts See more »

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Gotham Productions See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Twenty-Three Skidoo, It's The Bees Knees!
13 August 2012 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Thought I'd trot out some 20's jargon to describe this very entertaining roaring twenties film. It is presented tongue-in-cheek and is a satire on stuffy prohibition-era morality. A staid, boring couple plan a staid, boring house party at about the same time the sister of the wife plans to visit. Her arrival takes place while the party is ongoing, and everyone is aghast - her knees are showing beneath a short skirt! The reaction of the guests is priceless, as the camera pans around on several of them with mouths open, chins hitting the floor.

As if things weren't bad enough (or funny enough), she unleashes a torrent of flapper-era expressions which indicate what a funeral she thought the party was and proceeds to take matters into her own hands. She asks the band to play something 'hot' and shows a few Charleston-like maneuvers and asks a man to join her. No one had evidently ever seen the like before. Finally, some young buck asks if she would like to go for a ride in his motor car, rescuing her from reproach and rebuke - and this is only about the halfway point of the picture.

Most of us weren't alive in the 20's and this film is as revelatory as it is humorous. The tenor of the story is hyperbolic in nature but it is great fun, a satirical look into a clash of cultures from an earlier time. It was shown on a print from the Library of Congress at Capitolfest, Rome, N.Y. 8/12.


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