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A Girl's Best Years (1936)

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A woman reporter is hired by an author-songwriter to help him avoid additional breach-of-promise suits.

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Reginald Le Borg

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Val Burton (story), Will Jason (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mary Doran ... Judy Nash
John Warburton ... Michael Royce
Barnett Parker ... Primrose
Sheila Terry ... Phyllis Rodgers
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Storyline

Playwright-songwriter Michael Royce has settled four breach-of-promise suits in two years, at a cost of $25,000 or $50,000 each. Whenever he meets a pretty girl, he can't help himself. At the suggestion of his valet, Royce hires reporter Judy Nash (at triple her current salary) to keep him out of trouble. At first their relationship is all business, but nature takes its course... Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@verizon.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1936 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Included in Warner Home Video's (WHV) 2006 DVD release of China Seas (1935). This disc is also in WHV's multidisc DVD collection "Clark Gable: The Signature Collection", released the same day. See more »

Quotes

Michael Royce: Will you sit down Phyllis?
Phyllis Rodgers: Oh, no. Let's go out to the terrace - away from all these stuffy people. Everything is too, too stuffy.
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Where There's Smoke, There's Fire
Written by Val Burton and Will Jason
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The story could have actually been expanded to full-length...minus the singing!
10 May 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This MGM short has the distinction of being released on Christmas. And, like many of MGM's shorts, the actors are all relatively unknown actors--folks that MGM tried out first in shorts to see if they'd be worth promoting to full-length films. With this one, evidently MGM was not impressed and Mary Doran and John Warburton went on to make more films--mainly in supporting roles. The only one you will recognize if you're an old movie buff is Barnett Parker who made a career for himself playing Butlers and stuffy high-class dudes, though sadly this career was cut short by an early death.

Michael Royce (Warburton) is apparently a brainless idiot. Again and again, he finds himself involved in breach of promise suits (basically, he needs to marry the woman or pay her off because he ended up engaged to her). So, he hires a smart reporter (Doran) to follow him and extricate him from troublesome situations like this. She is great at the job...but ultimately falls for the idiot!

The plot is quite cute, the actors competent and the story worth seeing...or worth expanding to full-length, making it a nice B- movie. But the singing, well, that I could have done without.


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