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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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Taglines:

Can 'anybody's girl" be one man's wife? Bachelor girls...playing around! Should they stay Happily UNmarried? (Print Ad- Cortland Standard, ((Cortland, NY)) 3 May 1932) See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Unrated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Film debut of James Ellison. 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

Bookmaker Cashier: Hey, your dame wasn't so dumb after all, was she?
Martie Happ: Aw, just lucky. Well, all my dames are that way.
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Soundtracks

This Is My Love Song
(uncredited)
Music by Joseph A. Burke
Played when Wally takes Buster onto the dance floor and then to the booth
Played often throughout the picture
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Very early Loretta Young film about the impact gambling has on a young couple...
27 April 2001 | by cfscfsSee all my reviews

Very early Loretta Young film: she's not even top billed. Winnie Lightner is - an interesting younger character actress. But it really is Loretta's movie. The plot involves Loretta's character falling in love with a gambler - and the complications which arise. Norman Foster plays the gambler: ironically, he married Miss Young's sister (Sally Blane) in 1937 - after being divorced from Claudette Colbert. Most memorable scenes in this movie are set in a department store circa 1932.

Movie is also notable as (apparently) the first movie of a very young James Ellison. Neither the title "Play Girl" or the alternate title "Love on a Budget" really describe this film. Entertaining melodrama from the early days of sound.


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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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Warner Bros. See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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