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The Life of the Party (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical, Romance | 25 October 1930 (USA)
Two attractive female song-pluggers decide to become gold-diggers, with comic results.


Roy Del Ruth


Darryl F. Zanuck (by) (as Melville Crossman), Arthur Caesar (dialogue)


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Complete credited cast:
Winnie Lightner ... Flo
Irene Delroy ... Dot
Jack Whiting ... A.J. Smith
Charles Butterworth ... Colonel Joy
Charles Judels ... Mons. LeMaire
John Davidson ... Mr. Smith
Arthur Hoyt ... Secretary


Broadway song-pluggers Flo and Dot, besieged with admirers, are fired; disgusted with men, they decide to become gold-diggers. After a first success in "taking" fashion retailer LeMaire, they try the millionaires' playground of Havana, where mistaken identities bring their schemes to comic confusion. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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She wrote the first and last chapters in the book of whoopee! Here's your chance to make whoopee with her! (Print Ad- Daily Times, ((Beaver, Penna.)) 20 January 1931) See more »


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Release Date:

25 October 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Charivari See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone)


Black and White (TV prints)| Color (2-Strip Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the initial scene as Flo (Winnie Lightner) sells sheet music, she begins to shout out the titles of the songs. The first one is "Singin' in the Bathtub" which Lightner introduced in "The Show of Shows," followed by songs from "The Gold Diggers of Broadway" in which she also appeared. See more »

Alternate Versions

A black-and-white version of this originally Technicolor film is shown and distributed by Turner. See more »


References The Silent Enemy (1930) See more »


One Robin Doesn't Make a Spring
Music by Frederick Loewe
Lyrics by Earle Crooker
Cut from the final print, but possibly played as background music
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Death of the party...
3 March 2019 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

.... is a more apt title as the characters in this film would either kill a room with boredom or have people fleeing the scene in droves in utter irritation at the belligerence of these people. There is nothing funny about Winnie Lightner (Flo) and there is nothing interesting about Irene Delroy (Dot) who play the two girls out to grab a millionaire. We have another unfunny comedy character who is supposed to be a French designer - step forward Charles Judels (LeMaire). There is nothing French about him and nothing realistic about his overacting. His comic partner calling out "Yoo hoo" becomes painful to watch. As does the whole film and I couldn't watch to the end. No need to.

We also get a fashion show with giant transvestites modelling clothes with way too much material - another unintentional misfire. The sets are good but when the funniest thing about a comedy is when the film's dialogue goes out of synch with the character's lip movements, then we are obviously in trouble. That would normally annoy me but when my version of the film did this it became a point of interest! This film is awful.

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