Children of Pleasure


1h 10m 1930
Children of Pleasure

Brief Synopsis

A Jewish songwriter forsakes his heritage for a society girl.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Drama
Musical
Adaptation
Release Date
Apr 26, 1930
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Song Writer by Crane Wilbur (New York, 13 Aug 1928).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Film Length
6,400ft (9 reels)

Synopsis

Danny Regan, an up-and-coming songwriter, becomes enamored of Pat Thayer, an heiress, but on the night before the wedding, he finds that Pat considers their marriage to be a trial experiment and plans to continue her affair with his understudy. Incensed, he disappears, and later his office coworker, Emma, who has been his constant friend, agrees to marry him. After a drinking spree, Danny awakens, believing that he is married to Emma. He soon discovers that Emma, thinking that he still was in love with Pat, did not go through with the ceremony. Having learned his lesson, he finds that Emma is the girl for him, after all.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Drama
Musical
Adaptation
Release Date
Apr 26, 1930
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the play The Song Writer by Crane Wilbur (New York, 13 Aug 1928).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 10m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Color
Black and White
Film Length
6,400ft (9 reels)

Articles

Children of Pleasure -


Lawrence Gray had been laboring as an also-ran in pictures like The Patsy (1928) before nailing this lead role, in this morality play about a songwriter (Gray) who overlooks the faithful attentions of his constant pal Pat (Judith Wood) in favor of a glitzy playgirl (Wynne Gibson). He wins the trophy gal, only to be chagrined the night before their wedding to learn she has no interest in giving up her own dalliances. When he goes on a bender, will he realize honest, faithful Pat is the bride for him after all? Adapted from Crane Wilbur's play The Song Writer, this early sound film had some of its musical numbers like "Dust" shot in Technicolor, but for unknown reasons the theatrical release only includes black and white renditions. However, a young (and uncredited) Ann Dvorak can be seen as a chorine in some black and white musical sequences, and the unused Technicolor resurfaced four years later in the comedic short Roast Beef And Movies (1934).

By Violet LeVoit
Children Of Pleasure -

Children of Pleasure -

Lawrence Gray had been laboring as an also-ran in pictures like The Patsy (1928) before nailing this lead role, in this morality play about a songwriter (Gray) who overlooks the faithful attentions of his constant pal Pat (Judith Wood) in favor of a glitzy playgirl (Wynne Gibson). He wins the trophy gal, only to be chagrined the night before their wedding to learn she has no interest in giving up her own dalliances. When he goes on a bender, will he realize honest, faithful Pat is the bride for him after all? Adapted from Crane Wilbur's play The Song Writer, this early sound film had some of its musical numbers like "Dust" shot in Technicolor, but for unknown reasons the theatrical release only includes black and white renditions. However, a young (and uncredited) Ann Dvorak can be seen as a chorine in some black and white musical sequences, and the unused Technicolor resurfaced four years later in the comedic short Roast Beef And Movies (1934). By Violet LeVoit

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Trivia

The play opened in New York on 13 August 1928.