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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 1 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: April 25, 2006
- Originally Released: 1929
- Label: Alpha Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- (unspecified) - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Douglas Fairbanks Jr.|
|Directed by||Rex Hale|
Description by OLDIES.com:
Party Girl is a daring dramatization of the secret, inner workings of an escort service. Miss Lindsey runs a party girl racket, sending poor girls to make quick money servicing the impulses of rich men sipping bootleg gin. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. plays a young cad who gets caught up in a world of love for sale.
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (1909-2000), son of the legendary silent screen action hero, appeared in over 60 films, including Stella Dallas (1925), The Dawn Patrol (1930), Outward Bound (1930), Little Caesar (1931), Morning Glory (1933), The Prisoner of Zenda (1937), Gunga Din (1939), Angels Over Broadway (1940), The Corsican Brothers (1941) and Ghost Story (1981). Although initially overshadowed by his father's illustrious careeer, Fairbanks Jr. was a capable and charming actor who brightened the screen with every starring performance and was a box office favorite in a career that spanned over 70 years.
Movie Lovers' Ratings & Reviews:
Based on 209 ratings.
Pretty girls, acceptable (but grainy) film quality, typical early 1930s tinny sound, bad acting (even by the only person in the cast you ever heard of—Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.), bad directing, an awful script, pre-Hollywood code production and guess what? It all combines to make for an interesting look back at a time when Hollywood was still emerging from the silent era. Very tame by today’s standards (but daring back then) the generally smooth flowing story follows a D.A.’s efforts to bust a Party Girl racket (girls selling themselves in exchange for business acquisitions). Despite all its flaws, the film is a rare find and worth the purchase price—especially if you are a fan of the pre Hollywood code films.
I've never seen a good print of this film but this is certainly passable, and it's one of those titillating, snickering subjects the earliest talking pictures loved to portray: loose party girls/call girls mingling with reckless, sporting young blades and decadent, lecherous old businessmen. Anything with Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is fun - he always manages to add some taste and class to even the most sordid picture (and this picture is as grubby as an exploitation film of those times). Here his partygoing lifestyle gets him snared into a mess with a conniving gold-digger whose work is hardly one step up from the world's oldest profession. Interesting and pathetic is Marie Prevost as the over-plump, whiney-baby-voiced (one discoverss immediately why she'd never make it in the new medium of sound films) party call girl who is roommate to the protagonist. Her explicitly suggested gang rape by a group of depraved businessmen is utterly chilling even in such an old film. This movie no doubt started the downward spiral which sent the former silent film star to an alcoholic, druggie descent and eventual suicide in the late 1930's. Also harrowing is the scene of the gold digger seeking to escape law enforcement and falling in a frighteningly depicted way from a window. The Halperin Brothers, best known for their horror film White Zombie with Bela Lugosi in 1932, made this 1929 film, and despite its crudeness there are effective touches. also surprising that doug Fairbanks Jr. starred in this rather shabby little melodrama, but it was supposed to be a small hit in its day, opening to major houses in January 1930 - just months later Fairbanks would be well known for co-starring with Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar.
- Sales Rank: 23,571
- UPC: 089218503596
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