The Glad Rag Doll

  • 1929
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Comedy

One of director Curtiz' early talkies for Warner Bros. He directed well over a hundred films for this studio, including CASABLANCA (1943) and most of the Errol Flynn classics. This film has a shocker opening, with Costello's rejected suitor putting a pistol to his head and pulling the trigger. The initial scene is a Pirandello-like twist; it proves to be...read more

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One of director Curtiz' early talkies for Warner Bros. He directed well over a hundred films for this studio, including CASABLANCA (1943) and most of the Errol Flynn classics. This film has a shocker opening, with Costello's rejected suitor putting a pistol to his head and pulling the

trigger. The initial scene is a Pirandello-like twist; it proves to be a stage play, with Costello the lovely heroine. After the performance, the lovesick Rankin visits Costello, bearing blossoms, and persuades her to visit his ancestral Philadelphia mansion. She meets his family: the stern and

disapproving Graves, dirty old man Grant, snobbish but lascivious and kleptomaniacal Gordon, and the rest. Unfairly accorded the soubriquet of gold digger, she accepts money from attorney Gillingwater for the return of the wimpy Rankin's compromising missives, only to turn the full sum over to the

foolish Rankin to keep him out of serious trouble. Ultimately, the sagacious showgirl's true colors are revealed to grave Graves, who woos and wins her. The film's title has little bearing on the story line; it was apparently selected solely to take advantage of the popularity of a then-current

song hit, used thematically throughout the movie, "Glad Rag Doll" (Milt Ager, Dan Dougherty, Jack Yellen). The talented Beavers, as Costello's maid, belts out the blues classic "Some of These Days."

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