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Wise Girls (1929)

The father of three grown daughters tries to keep his sanity, even after his free-spirited middle daughter rebelliously marries a poor plumber.

Directors:

E. Mason Hopper, Elliott Nugent (uncredited)

Writers:

Margaret Booth (titles), Elliott Nugent (play) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Elliott Nugent ... Kempy
Norma Lee Norma Lee ... Kate Bence
Roland Young ... Duke Merrill
J.C. Nugent J.C. Nugent ... Dad
Clara Blandick ... Ma
Marion Shilling ... Ruth Bence
Leora Spellman Leora Spellman ... Jane Wade
James Donlan James Donlan ... Ben Wade
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy O'Brien Billy O'Brien
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The father of three grown daughters tries to keep his sanity, even after his free-spirited middle daughter rebelliously marries a poor plumber.

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Taglines:

They handed Romance the razz- they were wise girls...But Cupid was wiser. (Print Ad- Granby Leader-Mail, ((Granby, PQ)) 7 February 1930) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kempy See more »

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Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Based on the Broadway play "Kempy" that opened at the Belmont Theatre, 125 W. 48th St., on May 15, 1922 and ran for 38 performances. A revival in 1927 at the Hudson Theatre, 141 W. 44th St., and ran for 46 performances. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Bence: Kiss me, Kate!
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I Love You Truly
(uncredited)
Written by Carrie Jacobs Bond
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Roland Young, Man of Action!
24 July 2014 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Roland Young is pretty good as the other man in this comedy about a woman who marries the plumber and causes all sorts of fuss. It's based on the stage play "Kempy" by Elliot Nugent and his father, J.C. Nugent, and stars them.

Unfortunately, director E. Mason Hopper is constrained by the immobility of the camera and everyone speaks slowly so their words can be understood, so Roland Young's comic timing has problems. It's he who has the task of speeding up the thought processes of Elliot Nugent. Marion Shilling, who usually played pieces of fluff, is stiff as a board. In fact, everyone but Young is, which pretty much explains what happened to everyone's career. The younger Nugent became a respect writer and director, but not off this. It would require top-ranked actors to make this sort of dialogue flow.

This is supposed to be the first MGM talkie issued without a silent version. Considering how much dialogue there is, it's not surprising. Alas, the dialogue is not very good.


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