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These Glamour Girls (1939)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 18 August 1939 (USA)
A drunken college boy invites a taxi dancer to spend the weekend at his snobbish school.

Director:

S. Sylvan Simon

Writers:

Jane Hall (from the story by: Cosmopolitan Magazine), Jane Hall (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Lew Ayres ... Philip S. Griswold
Lana Turner ... Jane Thomas
Tom Brown ... Homer Ten Eyck
Richard Carlson ... Joe
Jane Bryan ... Carol Christy
Anita Louise ... Daphne Graves
Marsha Hunt ... Betty Ainsbridge
Ann Rutherford ... Mary Rose Wilston
Mary Beth Hughes ... Ann
Owen Davis Jr. ... Greg Smith
Ernest Truex ... Alumnus
Sumner Getchell ... 'Blimpy'
Peter Lind Hayes ... Skel (as Peter Hayes)
Don Castle ... Jack
Tom Collins ... Tommy Torgler
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Storyline

A drunken college student invites a dance hostess to the big college dance and then forgets he asked her. When she shows up at school, he tries to get rid of her, but she won't leave. Instead she stays and shows up both him and his classmates' snooty dates. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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Sensational Story of Dance Hall Beauty Crashing Society's Playgrounds!

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 August 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dansande flammor See more »

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Budget:

$403,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Jane Bryan was borrowed from Warner Bros. for this film. See more »

Quotes

Jane Thomas: Remember that college boy I was dancing with?
Mavis - Jane's Roommate: The barefoot Romeo?
Jane Thomas: Would it interest you to know that that's Philip Griswold?
Mavis - Jane's Roommate: Philip Griswold. Philip Griswold?
Jane Thomas: He's invited me down to Kingsford to a prom next weekend.
Mavis - Jane's Roommate: Honey, why don't you just find a nice, safe buzz saw to stick your head in?
Jane Thomas: Oh, he's a gentleman. The real McCoy! Oh, gosh. He didn't even make a pass at me in the taxi.
Mavis - Jane's Roommate: That's just a new technique, so you have to lead them by the hand before they have you scaling the wallpaper.
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If You Knew Susie Like I Know Susie
(1925) (uncredited)
Written by Buddy G. DeSylva and Joseph Meyer
Played on piano and sung by Peter Lind Hayes at the social
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Lana gets a glimpse of lifestyles of the rich and snooty
10 March 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

How pretty, sexy, and vivacious Lana Turner was, and she's shown to great advantage in "These Glamour Girls," a 1939 film about a weekend of house parties at an upper-class college. Turner plays a Jane, a taxi dancer at the Joy Lane Dance Hall who meets Phil (Lew Ayres), a college student from an old family who's at the Joy Lane slumming with his pals. While drunk, he invites her to the big weekend at Knightsbridge College. When she arrives, he's forgotten who she is and he already has a date. He convinces her to stay anyway, and while having a good time, she gets a glimpse of what the upper class is really like and what's important to them: background, the right schools, social standing, and money. And don't forget the booze.

This is an okay story with some good performances from Turner, Ayres, Richard Carlson, Marsha Hunt, Ann Rutherford, Tom Brown, Jane Bryan, and Anita Louise. Rutherford's with a man who doesn't want her, and Louise is the resident bitch. Bryan is dating Ayres, but it's obvious she's in love with Carlson. Marsha Hunt plays Betty, a 23-year-old still hanging with the college crowd in the hopes of nabbing a man. When she overhears someone say she should get married soon before she misses the boat, she panics. It's themes like this in the '30s-'50s that are hard to stomach, and frankly, it brings down this film. The resolution of the Betty arc is very out of place.

Most of the actors were in their twenties, but Turner was only 18 and Ayres was 30, a little old for a college kid - but he was always a very likable actor. Except for Turner, whose charisma leaps out of the screen, there isn't anything special about "These Glamour Girls."


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