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Alias French Gertie (1930)

Passed | | Crime | 20 April 1930 (USA)
A crook (Daniels) becomes a maid to steal jewelry

Director:

George Archainbaud

Writers:

Bayard Veiller (adapted from: "The Chatterbox" by), Wallace Smith (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bebe Daniels ... Gertie Jones - aka Marie
Ben Lyon ... Jimmy Hartigan
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Detective Kelcey (as Robert Emmet O'Connor)
Daisy Belmore ... Mrs. William Matson
John Ince ... Mr. William Matson
Betty Pierce Betty Pierce ... Nellie
Maude Turner Gordon Maude Turner Gordon ... Mrs. Barton - Dowager (as Maud Turner Gordon)
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Morton
Charles Giblyn Charles Giblyn ... Mr. Morton
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A crook (Daniels) becomes a maid to steal jewelry

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FILMDOM'S SWEETHEARTS IN A HAIR TRIGGER ROMANCE OF SMOOTH UPPERWORLD RACKETEERS (Print ad- Greenfield Recorder, ((Greenfield, Mass.)) 29 May 1930)

Genres:

Crime

Certificate:

Passed
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

20 April 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smooth as Satin See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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First film pairing of Bebe Daniels and Ben Lyon. They would marry after this production in June 1930 and remain so until her death in 1971. See more »

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Version of Smooth as Satin (1925) See more »

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A Lot Of Fun
1 May 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Bebe Daniels is a French maid.... for inside jobs. She meets Ben Lyon when he breaks open the safe her "employer" keeps her jewels in. After he gets out of jail, she talks him into going straight...for a while.

Ben Lyons is good, and has the best pre-code line: "I don't need a partner when I've got my right hand". Bebe is great, whether she's putting on a French accent or screaming at Lyon. Apparently he thought so too. They were married three months after this movie was released.

Bebe had been in the movies for 20 years at this point, beginning with the Oz movies that L.Frank Baum had produced. She spent several years as Harold Lloyd's leading lady, then the 1920s, Paramount and Cecil B. Demille came calling. She was booted out of Paramount because she "didn't have a voice" and immediately sang up a storm in RIO RITA. Unfortunately, her other RKO vehicles, like this one, didn't fare so well at the box office. Eventually she and Lyon moved to England and a long career in radio and TV. She died in 1971, 70 years old.


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