Why Be Good? (1929)

80 mins | Comedy | 12 March 1929

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HISTORY

Referring to the film as That's a Bad Girl, the 20 Oct 1928 Exhibitors Daily Review announced that Colleen Moore would star and William A. Seiter would direct the original screenplay by Carey Wilson. The picture was produced and distributed by First National Pictures.
       The 3 Nov 1928 Exhibitors Daily Review noted the title change to Why Be Good?
       Principal photography began on 19 Nov 1928 at First National Studios in Burbank, CA, according to a 1 Dec 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World production chart.
       The 29 Dec 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World announced that filming had completed. The item noted a high point in the picture during a cabaret sequence: “When the fire doors open the smoke and steam clears and there appear two dancers upon a roasting spit…and the orchestra breaks into naked rhythm.”
       The 4 Jan 1929 Film Mercury reported that Paul Peréz was currently writing the titles. The picture was released in both silent and sound versions, which contained music but no dialogue.
       Reviews in the 8 May 1929 Var and the 12 May 1929 FD were critical of the picture, with FD declaring Why Be Good? “a load of applesauce not even daintily dished ... More Less

Referring to the film as That's a Bad Girl, the 20 Oct 1928 Exhibitors Daily Review announced that Colleen Moore would star and William A. Seiter would direct the original screenplay by Carey Wilson. The picture was produced and distributed by First National Pictures.
       The 3 Nov 1928 Exhibitors Daily Review noted the title change to Why Be Good?
       Principal photography began on 19 Nov 1928 at First National Studios in Burbank, CA, according to a 1 Dec 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World production chart.
       The 29 Dec 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World announced that filming had completed. The item noted a high point in the picture during a cabaret sequence: “When the fire doors open the smoke and steam clears and there appear two dancers upon a roasting spit…and the orchestra breaks into naked rhythm.”
       The 4 Jan 1929 Film Mercury reported that Paul Peréz was currently writing the titles. The picture was released in both silent and sound versions, which contained music but no dialogue.
       Reviews in the 8 May 1929 Var and the 12 May 1929 FD were critical of the picture, with FD declaring Why Be Good? “a load of applesauce not even daintily dished out.” More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Daily Review
20 Oct 1928
p. 5.
Exhibitors Daily Review
3 Nov 1928
p. 2.
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
1 Dec 1928
p. 43.
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
8 Dec 1928
p. 50.
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
29 Dec 1928.
p. 47.
Film Daily
12 May 1929
p. 9.
New York Times
6 May 1929
p. 30.
The Film Mercury
4 Jan 1929
p. 15.
Variety
8 May 1929
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Story
Titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOURCES
SONGS
"I'm Thirsty for Kisses and Hungry for Love," words and music by Lou Davis and J. Fred Coots.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
That's a Bad Girl
Release Date:
12 March 1929
Production Date:
began 19 November 1928
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
28 February 1929
Copyright Number:
LP168
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Music score by Movietone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also a silent version, 3 Mar; 7,067 ft.
Duration(in mins):
80
Length(in feet):
7,507
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Pert Kelly, a wild but virtuous young girl, meets Peabody, Jr., at a roadhouse, and they make a date for the following evening. The next day Pert is late for work and is called in to see the personnel manager, who turns out to be her acquaintance of the night before. At the insistence of Peabody, Sr., who owns the store, Pert is fired; Peabody, Jr., however, is still taken with the girl and invites her to one of his parents' swank parties. The elder Peabody remarks to his son that he does not think that Pert is quite nice, and Junior decides to test her virtue. He takes her to a disreputable roadhouse, and she protests long and loud. They are married that same night, and Peabody, Jr., assures his father that Pert is all ... +


Pert Kelly, a wild but virtuous young girl, meets Peabody, Jr., at a roadhouse, and they make a date for the following evening. The next day Pert is late for work and is called in to see the personnel manager, who turns out to be her acquaintance of the night before. At the insistence of Peabody, Sr., who owns the store, Pert is fired; Peabody, Jr., however, is still taken with the girl and invites her to one of his parents' swank parties. The elder Peabody remarks to his son that he does not think that Pert is quite nice, and Junior decides to test her virtue. He takes her to a disreputable roadhouse, and she protests long and loud. They are married that same night, and Peabody, Jr., assures his father that Pert is all right. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
with songs


Subject
Subject (Major):

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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