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Not So Dumb (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 2 February 1930 (USA)
Not-so-smart chatterbox Dulcy Parker does and says all the wrong things, but they right themselves to prove she's not so dumb after all.


King Vidor


George S. Kaufman (play), Marc Connelly (play) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Marion Davies ... Dulcenia 'Dulcy' Parker
Elliott Nugent ... Gordon 'Gordy' Smith
Raymond Hackett ... Bill 'Willie' Parker
Franklin Pangborn ... Vincent Leach
Julia Faye ... Mrs. Eleanor Forbes
William Holden William Holden ... Charles Rogers Forbes
Donald Ogden Stewart ... Skylar Van Dyke / Horace Patterson
Sally Starr ... Angela Forbes
George Davis ... Perkins - The Butler
George Irving ... Blair Patterson


Not-so-smart chatterbox Dulcy Parker does and says all the wrong things, but they right themselves to prove she's not so dumb after all.

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Her Motto was "See Not" "Hear Not" (print ad - Lubbock Evening Journal - Palace Theatre - Lubbock, Texas - April 8, 1930) See more »


Comedy | Romance


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Did You Know?


About 40 minutes in, when Donald Ogden Stewart is at the piano, he plays a little snippet of "Singin' in the Rain," which had been introduced the previous year by Cliff Edwards and the Brox Sisters in MGM's "Hollywood Revue of 1929." The studio would use it several more times over the years, most famously in the 1952 film of the same title. See more »


Leach: I understand that you're trying to write for the pictures, Miss Parker. Oh, just you keep right on trying! All of you. And go and see the pictures! And see them and see them and see them. Study them. Learn how they're made. Why, the possibilities are...
Bill: Enormous.
Leach: Oh, yes, they're very big. You'd be surprised. You know, we're going to do some of Shakespeare's things next?
Dulcy: Shakespeare!
Leach: Yes.
Dulcy: Shakespeare, Gordon!
Gordon: Oh really,
Dulcy: He's going to organize his own company next.
Bill: Who, Shakespeare?
Dulcy: No, Willy! Mr. Leach!
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Alternate Versions

MGM also released a silent version of this film. See more »


Version of Dulcy (1923) See more »


Boola Boola
Music and (unused) lyrics by Allan M. Hirsh
Played briefly on the piano by Donald Ogden Stewart
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Not So Much
8 January 2012 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

In sunny California, madcap party hostess Marion Davies (as Dulcinea "Dulcy" Parker) tries to impress stuffy businessmen for fiancé jeweler Elliott Nugent (as Gordon "Gordy" Smith). Tailor-made for Ms. Davies from dependable material (a hit play and silent film adaptation as "Dulcy"), "Not So Dumb" doesn't live up to the new title. The soundtrack is primitive, with Davies' voice sounding the worst. MGM's production team, director King Vidor, plus a supporting cast led by cute Raymond Hackett (as Bill "Willie" Parker) and comedian Franklin Pangborn (as Vincent Leach) help a little. Davies scatterbrain character is evidenced by her mixing up sayings, like: "The early worm always gets the bird," and "I just knew there was a woodpile in the…" Not so funny.

**** Not So Dumb (2/2/30) King Vidor ~ Marion Davies, Elliott Nugent, Raymond Hackett, Franklin Pangborn

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Release Date:

2 February 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dulcy See more »

Filming Locations:

Pasadena, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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