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Bad Girl (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 13 September 1931 (USA)
A man and woman, skeptical about romance, nonetheless fall in love and are wed, but their lack of confidence in the opposite sex haunts their marriage.

Director:

Frank Borzage

Writers:

Viña Delmar (novel), Brian Marlow (play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Dunn ... Eddie Collins
Sally Eilers ... Dorothy Haley
Minna Gombell ... Edna Driggs
Frank Darien ... Lathrop
William Pawley ... Jim Haley
Paul Fix ... Nervous Expectant Father
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Storyline

A mug and a jane: Dorothy knows that every guy is going to make a pass at her; Eddie knows that every gal wastes her money on good times. He's saving to open a repair shop. When the two of them meet, they can't believe they get along. One evening he leaves her waiting in the rain; she finds his apartment and reads him the riot act. They end up spooning and napping until 4 AM. She's afraid of her brother, who's her guardian, so Eddie figures she should tell her brother that she's getting married the next morning. Dorothy tries out the story but knows Eddie won't show up. It's the first of a series of promises, fears, miscalculations, and hard knocks. Where will they end up? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

VINA DELMAR'S novel of New York Life - BAD GIRL See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Frank Borzage wanted Spencer Tracy for the male lead but Fox wouldn't agree to this. James Dunn was cast instead. See more »

Goofs

At 48:01, Dot's position against the wall changes. See more »

Quotes

Dorothy Haley: I gotta go upstairs now. You see, my mother's dead, and my brother's boss of the house. He gets sore when I stay out late. You know, he's careful for me. But as Edna says, you can't watch a girl hard enough to keep her good if she don't want to be.
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Connections

Alternate-language version of Marido y mujer (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Come On Baby and Beg For It
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Written by James F. Hanley
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Drama of urban life between World Wars, by great "sob=sister" Vina Delmar.
26 February 2001 | by bigkidsSee all my reviews

Unfortunately, this is apparently a very scarce film, not available on VHS or DVD, and seldom if ever broadcast. However, as a fan of Vina Delmar I have read the novel upon which the film is based, and must point out that the story takes place in 1923. This was the flapper era, the roaring twenties, the jazz age . . . and the era of Prohibition!

A very different period from that of the Great Depression, which began in 1929, and was two years old when the film was made.

Whether the story line was changed to place the story in Depression-era New York instead of Roaring Twenties New York, is interesting to consider.

I would dearly love to see this film, and to see how well it lives up to the very fine novel by Vina Delmar, BAD GIRL.

Regis Hardy


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 September 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Barn av idag See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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