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The Florodora Girl (1930)

Passed | | Drama, Musical, Romance | 31 May 1930 (USA)
The married friends of a New York chorus girl encourage her to pursue a handsome but poor socialite.

Director:

Harry Beaumont

Writers:

Gene Markey (story), Gene Markey (dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marion Davies ... Daisy Dell
Lawrence Gray ... Jack Vibart
Walter Catlett ... De Boer
Louis John Bartels ... Oliver Hemingway
Ilka Chase ... Fanny
Vivien Oakland ... Maud
Jed Prouty ... Old Man Dell
Claud Allister ... Lord Rumblesham
Sam Hardy ... Harry Fontaine
Nance O'Neil ... Mrs. Vibart
Robert Bolder ... Commodore - Stage Doorman
Jane Keithley ... Constance Caraway
Maude Turner Gordon Maude Turner Gordon ... Mrs. Caraway
George Chandler ... Georgie Smith
Anita Louise ... Younger Vibart Daughter
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Storyline

A chorus girl gets bad advice from her fellow chorines in handling a rich suitor who assumes she is a gold-digger. But she assumes he is after "one thing" and is holding out for marriage. After meeting his mother, she learns that her beau is engaged to a society girl. He loses his money and they drift apart. But after making a new fortune, he comes to the theater. Written by Ed Lorusso

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MARION DAVIES IN A STORY THAT CARRIES YOU BACK TO THE BOLD BAD NINETIES (Print ad- Albany Evening Journal, ((Albany, NY)) 1 August 1930)

Genres:

Drama | Musical | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 May 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Florodora Girl (A Story of the Gay Nineties) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Black and White | Color (2-strip Technicolor) (finale)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Although included among the more than 700 features in the original 1956 MGM television package, this one's age and obscurity destined it for only a handful of presentations, in less predominant markets, among them Wednesday 22 June 1960 on KYW (Channel 3) in Cleveland, Ohio, and Sunday 24 July 1960 on KPHO (Channel 5) in Phoenix, Arizona. Today's vintage film enthusiasts have it much better, with an occasional welcome showing on Turner Classic Movies, and its original finale now restored in 2-strip Technicolor. See more »

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Quotes

Lord Rumblesham: Are you going anywhere this evening?
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Lord Rumblesham: Oh, I say, we couldn't do that. I-I mean, I-I-I mustn't do - I mean *you* mustn't do that.
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After the Ball
(1892) (uncredited)
Music and lyrics by Charles Harris
Played at Caraway's ball
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Davies Steals the Film
6 August 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Florodora Girl (1930)

*** (out of 4)

Set during the Gay Nineties, this film stars Marion Davies playing a chorus girl who is being taught how to play the "game" by a couple veterans. The game consists of landing a rich husband and she has one guy (Lawrence Gray) interested but the friends are constantly messing up the relationship. Soon the man finds himself broke and his mother objects to him marrying someone without money. It's funny but I never really considered Davies one of my favorite actresses but after viewing this movie I realized that I had seen the majority of her sound work, which is a lot more than I can say for some of my favorites. What I've come to realize with Davies is that even when the film isn't all that good and even when her performance might not be right, she still manages to come across very charming and fun. Whenever she is on she can be dynamite and that's exactly what she is in this piece, which has to be one of the best, if not the best film she did during the sound era. I was really impressed with how wonderful her performance was here because the comic timing was perfect but so was the more dramatic moments. I thought the first hour was extremely tight and well directed with Davies really going all out. There are countless funny situations and the majority of them work extremely well including one bit where she's on a swing with Gray. There's also a very funny sequence dealing with a "becoming a father" joke. Gray is also very good in his spot as the boyfriend and the rest of the supporting cast are good as well. With that said, there's no doubt that this film belongs to Davies. The final ten-minutes were originally shot in Technicolor but it has faded so bad that the sequence looks orange but I still enjoyed seeing Davies in somewhat color.


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