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Play Girl (1932)

A young woman's financial problems continue through a troubled marriage to a gambler.

Director:

Ray Enright

Writers:

Frederick Hazlitt Brennan (story "God's Gift To Women"), Maurine Dallas Watkins (screenplay) (as Maurine Watkins) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Winnie Lightner ... Georgine Hicks
Loretta Young ... Buster 'Bus' Green Dennis
Norman Foster ... Wallace 'Wally' Dennis
Guy Kibbee ... 'Finky' Finkelwald
Dorothy Burgess ... Edna
Noel Madison ... Martie Happ
James Ellison ... Elmer
Edward Van Sloan ... Moffatt - the Boss
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sheila Bromley ... Wedding Girl (scenes deleted)
Betty Farrington Betty Farrington ... Mrs. Braddock (scenes deleted)
Ralf Harolde ... Willie (scenes deleted)
Nat Pendleton ... Dance Hall Plumber (scenes deleted)
Harold Waldridge ... Messenger (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

'Bus' Green works hard at her department but dreams of a better life. She falls hard for fast talking gambler Wally who showers her with gifts. They fight, she tosses him out but learns she's pregnant. Bus leans on her best friend Georgine. Written by rharlan58

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What was the chance this play girl took to build happiness out of despair?---See "PLAY GIRL" (Print Ad- Troy Times, ((Troy NY)) 26 March 1932) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 March 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Love on a Budget See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $305 hospital bill Bus worries about would be the equivalent of $5,326 in 2016. See more »

Goofs

Near the start of the film there are brief glimpses of various store departments. In the plumbing department, Winnie Lightner is in the background perched on a sink. That makes no sense, as it is only later on in the story that her character is reassigned from hardware to plumbing. (One publicity still for the film is a close-up of Winnie on the sink, but there is no such scene in the movie. Probably a sequence involving Winnie in the plumbing department was deleted, but then Warners decided to use that opening shot figuring nobody would notice Winnie in the background.) See more »

Quotes

Georgine Hicks: Say, you oughta grab off a swell guy like Elmer and stop being so moony! He's daffy about you.
Buster 'Bus' Green Dennis: The only thing I wanta grab off is a load of sleep. I'm dead!
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The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op. 61"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played briefly when the passport is shown
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13 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Play Girl (1932)

*** (out of 4)

Irresistible pre-code about a working class girl (Loretta Young) who believes in working for something in life and not just marrying into it. She eventually falls for a compulsive gambler (Winnie Lightener) and after their married the ugly nature of gambling comes into play. This is a wickedly funny and in the end depressing little tale that works wonders in its short sixty-minute running time. Young and Lightener make for a terrific couple and the racy sexual dialogue makes for some great laughs. Young is beautiful and charming as ever and delivers a knockout performance. This was the first film I've seen Lightener in but he was wonderful as well. Edward Van Sloan has a small part as well.


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