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Working titles for this film included Men in Her Life and Flaming Flappers. Universal Pictures Corp. bought the screen rights to Warner Fabian’s serialized story, “The Men in Her Life,” in outline form, prior to its publication in the October 1929—January 1930 issues of Everbody’s Combined with Romance magazine, as noted in the 15 June 1929 Universal Weekly. The 6 July 1929 issue announced that Mary Nolan had been cast in the role of “Lee.” Nolan did not initially want the role but was talked into it by Universal chief Carl Laemmle, according to a 21 February 1930 Los Angeles Times brief, which noted that James Murray had been cast as Nolan’s co-star.
       The 4 January 1930 Universal Weekly reported that Winifred Reeve and Robert Wyler were at work adapting the script. Filming began with Mary Nolan sometime around late February 1930 or early March 1930. On 14 March 1930, Los Angeles Times announced that Nolan had been replaced by Pauline Starke. While some contemporary items claimed that the actress left due to illness, others reported that she had fought with director Ernst Laemmle, who was the nephew of Carl Laemmle. The 18 March 1930 Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today quoted Universal executive Carl Laemmle, Jr. as saying that a mere thirty scenes had been filmed with the temperamental Nolan in the nine days she was on set. Although Nolan threatened legal action against Universal, their differences were soon resolved and she signed a new five-year contract with the studio, as stated in the 24 May ...

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Working titles for this film included Men in Her Life and Flaming Flappers. Universal Pictures Corp. bought the screen rights to Warner Fabian’s serialized story, “The Men in Her Life,” in outline form, prior to its publication in the October 1929—January 1930 issues of Everbody’s Combined with Romance magazine, as noted in the 15 June 1929 Universal Weekly. The 6 July 1929 issue announced that Mary Nolan had been cast in the role of “Lee.” Nolan did not initially want the role but was talked into it by Universal chief Carl Laemmle, according to a 21 February 1930 Los Angeles Times brief, which noted that James Murray had been cast as Nolan’s co-star.
       The 4 January 1930 Universal Weekly reported that Winifred Reeve and Robert Wyler were at work adapting the script. Filming began with Mary Nolan sometime around late February 1930 or early March 1930. On 14 March 1930, Los Angeles Times announced that Nolan had been replaced by Pauline Starke. While some contemporary items claimed that the actress left due to illness, others reported that she had fought with director Ernst Laemmle, who was the nephew of Carl Laemmle. The 18 March 1930 Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today quoted Universal executive Carl Laemmle, Jr. as saying that a mere thirty scenes had been filmed with the temperamental Nolan in the nine days she was on set. Although Nolan threatened legal action against Universal, their differences were soon resolved and she signed a new five-year contract with the studio, as stated in the 24 May 1930 Motion Picture News.
       A final title change to What Men Want was announced in the 4 January 1930 Universal Weekly. The film was released on 13 July 1930.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Albuquerque Journal [Albuquerque, NM]
3 Aug 1930
p. 11
Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today
17 Mar 1930
p. 4
Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today
18 Mar 1930
p. 2
Exhibitors Herald-World
19 Apr 1930
p. 58
Film Daily
24 Aug 1930
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Los Angeles Times
21 Feb 1930
Section A, p. 10
Los Angeles Times
14 Mar 1930
Section A, p. 14
Los Angeles Times
27 Mar 1930
Section A, p. 16
Motion Picture News
7 Dec 1929
p. 101
Motion Picture News
29 Mar 1930
p. 17
Motion Picture News
5 Apr 1930
p. 17
Motion Picture News
24 May 1930
p. 82
Motion Picture News
7 Jun 1930
p. 52
Motion Picture News
2 Aug 1930
p. 27
Motion Picture News
23 Aug 1930
p. 81
Universal Weekly
15 Jun 1929
p. 8, 20
Universal Weekly
6 Jul 1929
p. 23
Universal Weekly
4 Jan 1930
p. 4
Universal Weekly
22 Mar 1930
p. 22
Universal Weekly
29 Mar 1930
pp. 9-10
Variety
17 Jul 1929
p. 88
Variety
28 Aug 1929
p. 12
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dial dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Warner Fabian
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Roy Overbaugh
Dir of photog
SOUND
Rec eng
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the serial "The Men in Her Life" by Warner Fabian, in Everybody's Combined with Romance (Oct 1929--Jan 1930).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Flaming Flappers
Men in Her Life
The Men in Her Life
Release Date:
13 July 1930
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Universal Pictures Corp.
8 July 1930
LP1414
Physical Properties:
Sound
Movietone
Black and White
Length(in feet):
6,041
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Lee, a seductive young girl, is the mistress of Howard, debonair man-about-town, but she declares to him that she wishes to marry Kendall Phillips, and he gracefully bows out, wishing her luck. Then Lee's naive but attractive young sister, Betty, arrives, and Phillips becomes infatuated with her. In spite of Lee's attempts to separate them and win back his affections, Phillips and Betty become engaged, and in a jealous rage, Lee tells Betty that she has been his mistress. Heartbroken, Betty announces Lee's engagement to Phillips at a party, and the next morning he bursts into Lee's apartment, demanding an explanation; she confesses and sends him to Betty, then telephones Howard, with whom she has previously planned a European ...

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Lee, a seductive young girl, is the mistress of Howard, debonair man-about-town, but she declares to him that she wishes to marry Kendall Phillips, and he gracefully bows out, wishing her luck. Then Lee's naive but attractive young sister, Betty, arrives, and Phillips becomes infatuated with her. In spite of Lee's attempts to separate them and win back his affections, Phillips and Betty become engaged, and in a jealous rage, Lee tells Betty that she has been his mistress. Heartbroken, Betty announces Lee's engagement to Phillips at a party, and the next morning he bursts into Lee's apartment, demanding an explanation; she confesses and sends him to Betty, then telephones Howard, with whom she has previously planned a European trip.

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GENRE
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Sub-genre:
Society


Subject

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

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