Girls About Town


1h 6m 1931

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 7, 1931
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Distribution Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 6m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Synopsis

In New York nightclubs, gold diggers Marie Bailey and Wanda Howard entertain stodgy but wealthy middle-aged businessmen from the Midwest. Wanda tires of her demeaning lifestyle until, on a yacht, she meets Jim Baker, the handsome associate of rotund, stingy tycoon Benjamin Thomas, the richest man in Lansing, Michigan. On a yacht, while Marie entertains Benjamin and becomes the victim of his practical jokes, Jim tells Wanda he is against her racket. She tells him to pretend they are lovers in the moonlight. She then pretends to drown herself and is rescued by Jim. Wanda's feelings for Jim are not pretense, however, and later, at the zoo, Jim proposes to Wanda, who answers by ripping up her payment for entertaining him. Marie, determined to swindle Benjamin into giving her money, continues to see him, although he insists he is old-fashioned and wants only to stay at home and sing songs around the piano. Benjamin's wife Daisy then visits Marie, who realizes that Daisy still loves her husband even though she has filed for divorce because of his stinginess. The two women make a pact to shame Benjamin into spending some money on them. At a jewelry store, Marie admires an emerald ring, while Daisy announces publicly that her penny-pinching husband never gave her an engagement ring. Embarrassed but spiteful, Benjamin buys over $50,000 in jewelry for Marie and gives his wife nothing. Meanwhile, Wanda asks her shiftless husband Alex for a divorce, and he agrees, but later shows up at Benjamin's birthday party and makes a deal with Jim to divorce Wanda if Jim pays him $10,000, intimating that Wanda is in on the scheme. Jim pays the money, and when Wanda discovers Alex's bribe, she is determined to get the money back and prove her innocence to Jim. When she arrives at Alex's home, however, she discovers that he has a young wife who has just given birth, and Alex confesses he officially divorced Wanda two years before. Wanda then holds a rummage sale with her and Marie's old evening clothes and collects the money to pay Jim. When Jim tells Benjamin they have been swindled by a pair of gold diggers, Marie promises to give her jewels back to save Wanda's reputation, but instead gives them to Daisy, who lets Marie keep the emerald ring. Benjamin then takes the jewels from Daisy "for safe-keeping." Jim and Wanda are reconciled, while Marie calls her manager to say that from now on, she is working alone.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 7, 1931
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Distribution Company
Paramount Publix Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 6m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
9 reels

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

According to MPAA/PCA files in the AMPAS Library, the Hays Office warned Paramount against "undue exposure" of Kay Francis and Lilyan Tashman in scenes where they appear scantily clad. Censors also objected to the marriage proposal scene at the zoo between Jim and Wanda in which she intimates that marriage is unnecessary because she is willing to be his mistress. A modern source credits Travis Banton with gowns.