GIRLS ABOUT TOWN
1931, Universal, 80 min, USA, Dir: George Cukor

With a lavish lifestyle untouched by the Depression, Kay Francis and Lilyan Tashman are New York party girls hired to escort businessmen Joel McCrea and Eugene Pallette, respectively. For the first couple, true romance could trump financial concerns - if a not-quite-divorced spouse cooperates. Cukor’s sure hand with the leads, cinematographer Ernest Haller’s nimble camerawork and a witty script by silent comedy star Raymond Griffith help make this pre-Code gem sparkle. With Louise Beavers.


HEIDI
1937, 20th Century Fox, 88 min, USA, Dir: Allan Dwan

This touching adaptation of the classic children’s book stars Shirley Temple in one of her signature roles as an orphan sent off to her grumpy grandfather (Jean Hersholt) in the Swiss Alps. The old man’s heart soon melts under Heidi’s sunny disposition, but then the little girl he’s come to love is taken away to live with a rich family in Germany.


LADIES THEY TALK ABOUT
1933, Warner Bros., 69 min, USA, Dir: Howard Bretherton, William Keighley

Barbara Stanwyck stars as Nan Taylor, a tough dame busted for bank robbery and sentenced to San Quentin. Barbara Stanwyck shares the screen with Lillian Roth, Preston Foster, and Lyle Talbot. The film features outstanding period music – a mixture of classic blues and jazz tunes. Ladies They Talk About is a 1933 pre-code women in prison film based upon a play by actress, writer, and real life San Quentin inmate, Dorothy Mackaye. "I'm not 'fraid of nobody in this jail. I'm doin' life and that's all I got."


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