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Loose Ankles (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 2 February 1930 (USA)
In this light romantic comedy, 17-year old Loretta Young is cast as Ann Harper, a wealthy socialite who has inherited a fortune provided the family is involved in no scandals appearing in ... See full summary »

Director:

Ted Wilde

Writer:

Sam Janney (from the play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Ann Harper Berry
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Gil Hayden
Louise Fazenda ... Sarah Harper
Otis Harlan ... Maj. Rupert Harper
Daphne Pollard ... Agnes
Edward J. Nugent ... Andy Martin (as Eddie Nugent)
Inez Courtney ... Betty
Ethel Wales ... Katherine Harper
Norman Selby Norman Selby ... Terry Todd
Raymond Keane ... Linton
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Storyline

In this light romantic comedy, 17-year old Loretta Young is cast as Ann Harper, a wealthy socialite who has inherited a fortune provided the family is involved in no scandals appearing in print, and her two aunts and uncle consent to the marriage. Put off by all this, she is determined to cause a scandal so that none of the family will receive any of the inheritance. An arrow-straight Fairbanks is volunteered to be the one to "compromise" her, but the two end up falling for each other. Upon being discovered in Loretta's boudoir, Fairbanks makes a hasty exit out of the nearest window. The romance seems destined to fail, but Fairbanks (and his two friends) have other ideas, which are accidentally "aided" by the two prudish aunts. Written by bughouse

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Herdeira à Solta See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $70,000 annual income Ann is to get from her grandmother would equate to just over $1,000,000 in 2018. See more »

Goofs

Onscreen credits list Louise Fazenda as "Sarah" and Ethel Wales as "Katherine", but Fazenda is consistently called "Katherine" and Wales is consistently called "Sarah". See more »

Quotes

Ann Harper: How do you get into the newspapers?
Betty: I don't. I've been lucky.
Ann Harper: Yes, I know that. But how do you suppose I might get into the newspapers?
Betty: First, get yourself a man. Then a reporter, and leave the rest to the typesetter.
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Alternate Versions

First National also released this title as a totally silent film, but no details are known. See more »

Connections

References Broadway Babies (1929) See more »

Soundtracks

The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Hummed by Edward J. Nugent, Inez Courtney and Norman Selby at the end
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Piffle, but nice to look at
7 October 2014 | by marcslopeSee all my reviews

Based on a successful play and moderately pre-Code, this look at 1930 Flaming Youth has Loretta Young as a not-that-interesting heiress and Douglas Fairbanks Jr., looking younger than I've ever seen him, as the nice boy forced to pose as a gigolo by his roistering buddies. There's some amusing pre-Code clucking about overnight guests of the opposite gender, and a lot of footage given over to Louise Fazenda, as a too-prim aunt unwittingly given some liquor and turning into a loose woman; this was the era when alcohol was still automatically hilarious. Warners peddles its own contemporary hit songs in the background ("Am I Blue?", "Painting the Clouds With Sunshine") and there's some clunky choreography in the nightclub sequence, but the focus is mostly on Loretta and Doug, who are quite charming together. His lack of experience shows, but he's convincingly a young man in love, and what young man could wish for a lovelier conquest than Loretta. An undemanding time capsule, with sufficient spirit.


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