The Good Bad Girl (1931)

67, 71 or 73 mins | Melodrama | 14 May 1931

Director:

Roy William Neill

Producer:

Harry Cohn

Cinematographer:

Ted Tetzlaff

Editor:

Edward Curtiss

Production Designer:

Stephen Goosson

Production Company:

Columbia Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

According to information in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, Columbia was planning to remake this film in 1937; however, the film's script was rejected as unacceptable by the Hays Office because it dealt with "two illicit sexual relationships." In 1931, Columbia also made a Spanish-language version - see record for El pasado acusa ... More Less

According to information in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, Columbia was planning to remake this film in 1937; however, the film's script was rejected as unacceptable by the Hays Office because it dealt with "two illicit sexual relationships." In 1931, Columbia also made a Spanish-language version - see record for El pasado acusa . More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
CM
1 Oct 31
p. 750.
Film Daily
17 May 31
p. 10.
Motion Picture Herald
23 May 31
p. 36.
New York Times
15 May 31
p. 20.
New York Times
15 Oct 38
p. 21.
Variety
20 May 31
p. 14.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Prod
WRITER
Cont and dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
Sd eng
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech dir
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Good Bad Girl by Winifred Van Duzer (New York, 1926).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
El pasado acusa
Release Date:
14 May 1931
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 14 May 1931
release: 10 May or 20 May 1931
Production Date:
26 March--15 April 1931
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
21 May 1931
Copyright Number:
LP2248
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67, 71 or 73
Length(in feet):
6,555
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Marcia Cameron, the mistress of gang leader Dan Tyler, desires to end their relationship after she falls in love with Bob Henderson, an honest banker's son who does not wish to know about her past. Tyler refuses to let Marcia go, however, and threatens to kill her if she attempts to flee. Marcia confides in her friend Trixie, the mistress of nightclub proprietor Pagano, that she wants to marry Bob and raise a family. That night, Tyler murders fellow gangster Moreland when he does not make good on a $30,000 gambling debt. Tyler pressures Marcia to provide him with an alibi, but when she refuses, he is forced to go to Philadelphia to hide. Trixie sardonically observes that "nobody goes to Philadelphia unless they have to." Marcia marries Bob, whose parents, also knowing nothing about her past, welcome her into the family. When she goes to Trixie and Pagano to tell them about her marriage, she is followed by Detective Donovan. To protect Marcia, Trixie hides her and informs Donovan about Tyler's whereabouts. After Tyler is arrested, his thugs forcibly take Marcia to the prison, where he once again orders her to testify on his behalf. He threatens to kill Bob if she does not comply, but she counters by stating that she will tell the police that the murder was premeditated if he does not leave Bob alone. As she leaves, photographers take her picture, and she is identified in the newspapers as the "gunman's girl." Horrified by this revelation, the Hendersons demand that Bob and Marcia separate. Despite her love for Bob and her knowledge that she is pregnant ... +


Marcia Cameron, the mistress of gang leader Dan Tyler, desires to end their relationship after she falls in love with Bob Henderson, an honest banker's son who does not wish to know about her past. Tyler refuses to let Marcia go, however, and threatens to kill her if she attempts to flee. Marcia confides in her friend Trixie, the mistress of nightclub proprietor Pagano, that she wants to marry Bob and raise a family. That night, Tyler murders fellow gangster Moreland when he does not make good on a $30,000 gambling debt. Tyler pressures Marcia to provide him with an alibi, but when she refuses, he is forced to go to Philadelphia to hide. Trixie sardonically observes that "nobody goes to Philadelphia unless they have to." Marcia marries Bob, whose parents, also knowing nothing about her past, welcome her into the family. When she goes to Trixie and Pagano to tell them about her marriage, she is followed by Detective Donovan. To protect Marcia, Trixie hides her and informs Donovan about Tyler's whereabouts. After Tyler is arrested, his thugs forcibly take Marcia to the prison, where he once again orders her to testify on his behalf. He threatens to kill Bob if she does not comply, but she counters by stating that she will tell the police that the murder was premeditated if he does not leave Bob alone. As she leaves, photographers take her picture, and she is identified in the newspapers as the "gunman's girl." Horrified by this revelation, the Hendersons demand that Bob and Marcia separate. Despite her love for Bob and her knowledge that she is pregnant with his child, Marcia agrees that this is for the best. Bob reluctantly acquiesces and goes to Paris to secure a divorce. Tyler receives a life sentence, while Marcia goes to live with Trixie and Pagano and has her baby. Tyler escapes from prison and goes to find Marcia, whom he believes tipped off the police to his whereabouts. Just as Tyler is about to kill Marcia, Donovan and his men arrive and shoot him. Before Tyler dies, however, he tells Marcia that his men will kill her and her baby. The terrified Marcia goes to Mrs. Henderson, whose help she had previously refused, and gives her the baby for safekeeping. Marcia then returns to the nightclub to pack, and as she leaves, she is followed by Tyler's men. Bob, having returned from Paris, finds her just as Tyler's men are overtaking her. He saves her from the gangsters, and the reunited couple embrace as he reveals that he did not obtain a divorce. Bob makes Marcia promise never to leave him again, and the couple return to his home. +

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