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Why Be Good? (1929)

A flapper with a dubious reputation enjoys a vivacious night of dancing and finds herself romantically linked to her boss.

Director:

William A. Seiter

Writers:

Paul Perez (titles), Carey Wilson (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Colleen Moore ... Pert Kelly
Neil Hamilton ... Winthrop Peabody Jr.
Bodil Rosing ... Ma Kelly
John St. Polis ... Pa Kelly (as John Sainpolis)
Edward Martindel ... Winthrop Peabody Sr.
Eddie Clayton Eddie Clayton ... Tom
Lincoln Stedman ... Jerry
Louis Natheaux ... Jimmy Alexander
Collette Merton Collette Merton ... Julie
Dixie Gay Dixie Gay ... Susie
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Storyline

A young shop girl is dance mad, even winning prize cups in competitions. Circulating with lots of people gives her a dubious reputation, but we see it's unwarranted. The son of the owner of the department store she works in falls for her without realizing her status. at length, he puts her to a test to see just what kind of girl she is. Written by WesternOne

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Taglines:

Just wait'll you see her! Flaming youth afire in the zippiest smart set that ever made wild whoopee! (Print ad- Sedalia (Mo.) Capitol, 5 April 1929) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1929 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

That's a Bad Girl See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Vitaphone) (Western Electric Equipment) (musical score and sound effects)| Silent (alternate version)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

First National Pictures production #153. See more »

Goofs

When Peabody, Sr. enters the Store Manager's office he calls him Ralph. But the name on the Manager's door is H.B. Lewis. See more »

Quotes

Pert Kelly: Mom, why did you ask that? Do you no longer trust me?
Ma Kelly: Wonder if a rich fellow like that might have the right idea about - -- a working Girl...
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Soundtracks

Freshman Hop
(uncredited)
Written by Al Goering and Jack Pettis
Played and sung when Junior tells his dad the gang dropped by to say goodbye and they have a talk in the other room
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Dreadful picture.
28 September 2017 | by salvidienusorfitusSee all my reviews

Dreadful picture. One of the worst pictures I have seen from 1929. The main characters awaken absolutely no sympathy from the viewer. Watching the 30 year old Colleen Moore trying to act like a dumb teenager is absolutely ridiculous. Furthermore, the thought of someone like Neil Hamilton (or any sane person for that matter) falling in love with such a silly ridiculous person (dressed in some of the most ridiculous fashions I have seen) is beyond belief. Almost every other women in the picture, including the extras, are much more attractive that she is. I am also shocked on how bad the Synchronized Score is, especially as this is a First National picture, as all other example of Synchronized musical scoring I have heard from 1928-1929 for First National pictures are quite elegant and tasteful. The music in the dancing sequences is crass and annoying and I find it hard to believe that the extras were dancing to anything even remotely sounding like that.

If you look at film trade reviews from the period, the film did very poorly upon release. I'm surprised that First National produced two expensive all talking musicals ("Smiling Irish Eyes" and "Footlights and Fools" with Technicolor sequences) in 1929 after this disaster.. again starring Colleen Moore... which are lost but frankly after seeing this film it is no great loss if her acting in those pictures was even remotely similar to that she gives in the disaster known as "Why Be Good"


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