Bad Sister


1h 13m 1931

Brief Synopsis

Marianne falls in love with con man Valentine who uses their relation to get her father's endorsement on a money-raising scheme. He runs off with the money and Marianne, later dumping her. Her sister Laura loves Dr. Lindley although she knows he loves Marianne. Marianne returns and marries a wealthy young man, and Lindley turns his love toward Laura.

Film Details

Also Known As
Gambling Daughters
Release Date
Mar 23, 1931
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Flirt by Booth Tarkington (Garden City, NY, 1913).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 13m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,083ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

Marianne Madison is the sought-after daughter of merchant John Madison, and is courted by wealthy Wade Trumbull and physician Dick Lindley, while her older sister Laura is ignored. Marianne merely toys with Wade, because her real affection is for Dick. One evening she deserts Dick on a date when city slicker Valentine Corliss flirts with her at a movie theater, then invites her for a drive. Marianne brings Valentine home to meet her family, who are impressed with the young businessman. Valentine tells John that he works for a syndicate that is planning to build a factory in their city, and offers a prestigious position to John if he will rally the local merchants to support the factory. Marianne sends Dick to keep company with Laura while she spends time with Valentine. A month later, Valentine encourages John to sign a letter verifying the integrity of the proposed factory. John refuses to sign as he is not sure of the project, even though Marianne throws hysterics and the excitement causes John himself to collapse. Meanwhile, Laura and Marianne's brother Hedrick shows Dick Laura's personal diary, in which she proclaims her love for him. Valentine gathers $50,000 from local businessmen after Marianne forges his letter, and together they run away to Columbus, Ohio, where Valentine deserts Marianne in a cheap hotel. Humbled, Marianne returns home with the intention of marrying Dick, but he has fallen in love with Laura and they are engaged. When John is denounced by angry local businessmen for signing Valentine's letter and inducing them into the scam, Marianne confesses her misdeed, and the businessmen decline to press charges when John promises to repay them. A wiser woman, Marianne consents to marry Wade.

Film Details

Also Known As
Gambling Daughters
Release Date
Mar 23, 1931
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Corp.
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Flirt by Booth Tarkington (Garden City, NY, 1913).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 13m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,083ft (7 reels)

Quotes

Trivia

Bette Davis' first film.

Notes

This film's pre-release title was Gambling Daughters, and it marked the screen acting debut of Bette Davis. Motion Picture Herald listed the footage as 6,390 ft. Booth Tarkington's novel was first filmed by Universal in 1922 as The Flirt, and was also directed by Hobart Henley. George Nichols, Eileen Percy and Helen Jerome Eddy starred in the 1922 version (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1921-30; F2.1821).

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1931

Screen debut for actress Bette Davis.

Released in United States 1931