Play Girl


60m 1932
Play Girl

Brief Synopsis

A young innocent falls for a compulsive gambler.

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Film Details

Also Known As
Eight to Five, Love on a Budget
Genre
Drama
Release Date
Mar 12, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
The Vitaphone Corp.; Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "God's Gift to Women," by Frederick Hazlett Brennan in Liberty (11 Jul 1930).

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

A beautiful but ambitious young woman named Buster Green attends a dance with her boyfriend Elmer, who has agreed to provide a date for Buster's roommate, Georgine Hicks, her co-worker at the Mayfield Department Store. The blind date, Wallie Dennis, turns out to be a handsome, carefree man who immediately falls for Buster. After a whirlwind romance, they marry and travel to Canada, where Buster is impressed by Wallie's generousity, but is unaware that he is getting his money from gambling. Wallie hits a losing streak, and when Buster discovers the truth, he vows to reform. After they return home from their honeymoon, Wallie breaks his promise, and even when he learns that Buster is pregnant, he cannot stop his compulsion. Buster believes Wallie has withdrawn money from their savings account to spend gambling and throws him out, only learning later that he used the money to buy a baby carriage. Forced to return to work at Mayfield's, she uses her meager earnings to bet on a horse named "Baby Mine." The horse wins but the bookie pockets her money and tells her that instead of playing her hunch, he placed her bet on the favorite. By coincidence, Wallie is there and starts a fight with the bookie to get his wife's money. A police raid interrupts them and the couple is arrested. Because Buster is pregnant, the police send her to the hospital and let Wallie off without a charge. Buster, who has been terribly afraid of childbirth because her mother died giving birth to her, is comforted by Wallie's return and they are reconciled. They have a baby girl and Wallie bets that their next child will be a boy.

Film Details

Also Known As
Eight to Five, Love on a Budget
Genre
Drama
Release Date
Mar 12, 1932
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Distribution Company
The Vitaphone Corp.; Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the short story "God's Gift to Women," by Frederick Hazlett Brennan in Liberty (11 Jul 1930).

Technical Specs

Duration
60m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Articles

Play Girl


Kay Francis's final film for RKO is a feminized, slightly salacious twist on the Cyrano story: A long-in-the-tooth gold digger (Francis) is unsure of how to continue her con game until a pretty gal (Mildred Coles) turns up hungry on her doorstep. The old pro spots a win-win partnership: my know-how, and your charms, means we'll never go hungry again. What could have been a real roll in the gutter in a pre-Hays code movie ends up being just naughty enough, with Nigel Bruce as a white-haired sugar daddy and James Ellison as .the gal's cowboy Prince Charming. Surprisingly, it's also sympathetic to women, a movie that's as honest about the impact of unwanted male attention as it is about the perks of being a gold digger. Enjoy also Margaret Hamilton's performance as Josie, the women's maid and confidant. While the Wicked Witch of the West was the role that cemented her legacy, here she gets to demonstrate how comedy, not villainy, was her real forte.

By Violet LeVoit
Play Girl

Play Girl

Kay Francis's final film for RKO is a feminized, slightly salacious twist on the Cyrano story: A long-in-the-tooth gold digger (Francis) is unsure of how to continue her con game until a pretty gal (Mildred Coles) turns up hungry on her doorstep. The old pro spots a win-win partnership: my know-how, and your charms, means we'll never go hungry again. What could have been a real roll in the gutter in a pre-Hays code movie ends up being just naughty enough, with Nigel Bruce as a white-haired sugar daddy and James Ellison as .the gal's cowboy Prince Charming. Surprisingly, it's also sympathetic to women, a movie that's as honest about the impact of unwanted male attention as it is about the perks of being a gold digger. Enjoy also Margaret Hamilton's performance as Josie, the women's maid and confidant. While the Wicked Witch of the West was the role that cemented her legacy, here she gets to demonstrate how comedy, not villainy, was her real forte. By Violet LeVoit

Play-Girl


A young innocent falls for a compulsive gambler.

Director: Ray Enright
Screenplay: Maurine Watkins (screenplay);Maude Fulton, Brown Holmes (adaptation and dialogue); Frederick Hazlitt Brennan (story)
Cinematography: Gregg Toland
Art Direction: Esdras Hartley
Film Editing: Owen Marks
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)
BW-61m.

Play-Girl

A young innocent falls for a compulsive gambler. Director: Ray Enright Screenplay: Maurine Watkins (screenplay);Maude Fulton, Brown Holmes (adaptation and dialogue); Frederick Hazlitt Brennan (story) Cinematography: Gregg Toland Art Direction: Esdras Hartley Film Editing: Owen Marks 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) BW-61m.

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Warner Bros. records indicate that the film May have been based on an uncredited Faith Baldwin story. The film's working titles were Eight to Five and Love on a Budget. A news item in Film Daily notes that Norman Foster replaced Tom Brown as "Wallie."