The Wild Party


1h 20m 1929

Brief Synopsis

This film follows the on-again, off-again relationship of a college professor and a sexy student.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Release Date
Apr 6, 1929
Premiere Information
New York City opening: 30 Mar 1929
Production Company
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.20 : 1
Film Length
6,036 [si]; 7,167 [sd]ft (7 reels)

Synopsis

Stella Ames, the most popular and wildest girl at Winston College for Women, sets her cap for handsome young anthropology professor James "Gil" Gilmore, with whom she once accidentally shared a berth on a train. Nothing seems to lower his professional demeanor, though, until Stella is abducted by some drunks one night at a roadhouse and Gil comes to her rescue. After they kiss and exhange confidences, Stella is certain that Gil will give her an "A" on the paper she turns in the next day, but instead she is subjected to a humiliating lecture about her lack of dedication. After storming out of class in tears, Stella decides to go to a wild "house party" at a neighboring men's college and takes her shy, serious friend Helen Owens, with her. Stella has a change of heart about Gil after hearing that he was shot by one of the drunks who abducted her, and when Gil returns to campus, they profess their love for each other. The next day, when Stella takes the blame for receiving some suggestive love letters that actually were sent to Helen, Stella is expelled. She is certain that she has lost Gil's love, but is happily surprised when Gil asks her to join him on an expedition to Malaya, where there will be no "morons," only savages.

Film Details

Genre
Comedy
Romance
Drama
Release Date
Apr 6, 1929
Premiere Information
New York City opening: 30 Mar 1929
Production Company
Paramount Famous Lasky Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 20m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric System)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.20 : 1
Film Length
6,036 [si]; 7,167 [sd]ft (7 reels)

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Although intended primarily as a sound picture, The Wild Party was also released in a silent version for theaters which could not as yet accomodate sound. While most censorship boards throughout the U.S. approved the silent version, several made cuts, most notably of a scene (not in the sound version) in which the girls at Winston College prepare to go to a gym class by bowing their heads in mock prayer. In addition to being Paramount's first sound film, The Wild Party marked the sound film debut of director Dorothy Arzner and actress Clara Bow.