The Patsy (1928)

64 mins | Comedy-drama | 10 March 1928

Director:

King Vidor

Cinematographer:

John F. Seitz

Editor:

Hugh Wynn

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The 25 Aug 1927 FD announced the forthcoming Marion Davies starrer, The Patsy, directed by King Vidor for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (M-G-M), and based on the 1925 Barry Connors stage play of the same name. The 16 Sep 1927 Motion Picture News reported that the play ran in New York City two seasons earlier.
       The 6 Oct 1927 FD listed John Patrick as a cast member, but he was not credited in reviews.
       On 9 Oct 1927, FD announced that production had begun. One month later, the 11 Nov 1927 Motion Picture News noted that principal photography was still underway at M-G-M Studios in Culver City, CA. The 23 Dec 1927 Motion Picture News reported that the picture was currently being edited.
       The 4 Feb 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World previewed The Patsy and declared it “one of the best” M-G-M pictures, and praised the contributions of Marion Davies and King Vidor. The FD 1929 Year Book highlighted Photoplay Magazine’s “Best Players of 1928” listings which included Marion Davies performance in The Patsy.
       The 1929 Kinematograph Year Book indicated that the picture was released in Europe under the title The Politic Flapper.
       Indication in copyright records that the film has sound has not been ... More Less

The 25 Aug 1927 FD announced the forthcoming Marion Davies starrer, The Patsy, directed by King Vidor for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (M-G-M), and based on the 1925 Barry Connors stage play of the same name. The 16 Sep 1927 Motion Picture News reported that the play ran in New York City two seasons earlier.
       The 6 Oct 1927 FD listed John Patrick as a cast member, but he was not credited in reviews.
       On 9 Oct 1927, FD announced that production had begun. One month later, the 11 Nov 1927 Motion Picture News noted that principal photography was still underway at M-G-M Studios in Culver City, CA. The 23 Dec 1927 Motion Picture News reported that the picture was currently being edited.
       The 4 Feb 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World previewed The Patsy and declared it “one of the best” M-G-M pictures, and praised the contributions of Marion Davies and King Vidor. The FD 1929 Year Book highlighted Photoplay Magazine’s “Best Players of 1928” listings which included Marion Davies performance in The Patsy.
       The 1929 Kinematograph Year Book indicated that the picture was released in Europe under the title The Politic Flapper.
       Indication in copyright records that the film has sound has not been verified. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
4 Feb 1928
p. 43.
Film Daily
25 Aug 1927
p. 8.
Film Daily
6 Oct 1927
p. 4.
Film Daily
9 Oct 1927
p. 11.
Film Daily 1929 Year Book
1929
p. 19.
Kinematograph Year Book
1929.
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Motion Picture News
16 Sep 1927
p. 845.
Motion Picture News
11 Nov 1927
p. 1488.
Motion Picture News
23 Dec 1927
p. 1952.
New York Times
23 Apr 1928
p. 20.
Variety
25 Apr 1928
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXTS
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Presents
A King Vidor Production
A Marion Davies Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Titles
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Settings by [Set dec]
COSTUMES
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Patsy by Barry Connors (New York, 23 Dec 1925).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
The Politic Flapper
Release Date:
10 March 1928
Production Date:
began 9 October 1927
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
10 March 1928
Copyright Number:
LP25189
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64
Length(in feet):
7,289
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Patsy Harrington, younger of two daughters, is browbeaten by her mother and sister, Grace. Her father, something of a "patsy" himself, consoles her. Patsy's attempts to attract the attention of one of Grace's beaux, Tony Anderson, a young real estate agent, make up the plot. Heeding her father's advice on how to ensnare Tony, Patsy reads a book on personality development. The book inspires her to do several imitations of Pola Negri, Mae Murray, and Lillian Gish to show Tony how much "personality" she has. Failing to impress Tony, she stages a fake escapade with a young man to make Tony jealous. Instead, she arouses the fury of the whole family. In the end, Pa asserts himself as the real boss of the Harrington household, Patsy gets her man, and sister Grace focuses her attention on someone ... +


Patsy Harrington, younger of two daughters, is browbeaten by her mother and sister, Grace. Her father, something of a "patsy" himself, consoles her. Patsy's attempts to attract the attention of one of Grace's beaux, Tony Anderson, a young real estate agent, make up the plot. Heeding her father's advice on how to ensnare Tony, Patsy reads a book on personality development. The book inspires her to do several imitations of Pola Negri, Mae Murray, and Lillian Gish to show Tony how much "personality" she has. Failing to impress Tony, she stages a fake escapade with a young man to make Tony jealous. Instead, she arouses the fury of the whole family. In the end, Pa asserts himself as the real boss of the Harrington household, Patsy gets her man, and sister Grace focuses her attention on someone else. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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