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Coming Out Party(1934)

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Joy Stanhope, a Park Avenue debutante whose coming out party promises to be the winter's biggest event, has been carrying on a secret romance with Chris Hansen, a violinist in a jazz band living in a one-room apartment whose parents were Swedish immigrants. Although Chris sees Jimmy Wolverton, deemed the most sought after bachelor in New York, flirt with Joy, his jealousy is not aroused when Joy breaks their date because her mother insists that she accompany Jimmy to a Long Island party. As Jimmy grows very intoxicated while driving to the party, Joy suggests that they stop at a roadhouse. In a private room, Jimmy tries to grab Joy, but after she rebuffs his advances, he falls asleep. Later, Joy revives Jimmy with coffee, and they start to leave, but Chris, performing with his band at the roadhouse, sees them together and insults Joy, who then slaps him. Later that night, Joy goes to Chris's room to explain, and although he dishearteningly tries to tell her that her social standing will keep them apart, they end the argument in an embrace. When the night of her party arrives, Joy anxiously queries Chris's Jewish boss, bandleader Harry Gold, whether Chris has returned from Chicago, where he was playing. When Harry wonders whether Chris may have been detained, Joy breaks down and cries. Figuring out that she is pregnant, Harry urges her to marry Chris despite her parents' objections and vows to get him back in time for the party. When Chris does arrive, he excitedly tells Joy that he has been chosen to accompany a great operatic star on a one-year European concert tour and must sail immediately. She agrees to wait for him and, unwilling to spoil his "chance in a lifetime," does not reveal her condition. During the party, Joy, dazed and distressed, does nothing to stop Jimmy when, on a whim, he takes her to elope. Meanwhile, Troon, the Stanhope's Scottish family butler, who has helped Joy communicate secretly with Chris in the past, learns from Harry about Joy's predicament. Troon goes to the boat to tell Chris, but they return to learn that Joy and Jimmy have already married. After Harry encourages Chris to fight for Joy, he tries to visit Joy, who has since undergone a nervous breakdown, but her father will not allow him to see her. However, Jimmy, realizing that Joy loves Chris, agrees to let her decide if she wants an annulment. When Joy sees Chris, they kiss, and as the film ends, the 1934 Social Register book is thrown into a trash can.