Grand Old Girl (1935)

70 or 72 mins | Drama | 18 January 1935

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HISTORY

The working titles of this film were Portrait of Laura Bayles and Woman Aroused . HR production charts add Raymond Borzage and Mary Jordan to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been ... More Less

The working titles of this film were Portrait of Laura Bayles and Woman Aroused . HR production charts add Raymond Borzage and Mary Jordan to the cast, but their participation in the final film has not been confirmed. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
19 Sep 34
p. 2.
Daily Variety
26 Nov 34
p. 3.
Film Daily
9 Jan 35
p. 11.
HF
22 Sep 34
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Oct 34
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Oct 34
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Nov 34
p. 9.
Motion Picture Herald
6 Oct 34
p. 54.
Motion Picture Herald
12 Jan 35
p. 26.
New York Times
26 Feb 35
p. 16.
Variety
6 Mar 35
p. 21.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Woman Aroused
Portrait of Laura Bayles
Release Date:
18 January 1935
Production Date:
19 September--mid October 1934
Copyright Claimant:
RKO Radio Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
14 January 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5237
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
70 or 72
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
429
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Tough but generous Mrs. Laura Bayles, principal of Avondale High School, devotes her life to her students and counsels them with evenhanded care. Consequently, when the well-being of her "children" is threatened by a "back room" drinking and gambling operation run by former student Clarence "Click" Dade, she attempts to force its closure. Her efforts, however, are hindered by the skillful manipulations of Holland, the unscrupulous school superintendent, and by Joseph Killaine, the town's political boss. To fight fire with fire, Mrs. Bayles throws down $250 at Click's gambling table and, using a pair of his loaded dice, wins enough money to open her own club. Although the teenagers enjoy the new jazz-filled cafe, Gerry, Killaine's spoiled, wild daughter, who is in love with Sandy, an older, clean-living delivery man, causes a fight to break out when Sandy rebuffs her. After the cafe is closed down, Superintendent Holland and Killaine then demand Mrs. Bayles's dismissal, two years before her pension eligibility. Defeated and facing a bleak future, Mrs. Bayles nevertheless accepts the apologies of a remorseful, reformed Gerry, and of Click, who has secretly wired the President of the United States, another former student of Mrs. Bayles who has been traveling in the area. On the steps of the school building, the President delivers a rousing speech to the townspeople about the virtues of motherhood and the value of dedicated but unappreciated teachers like the grand old Mrs. ... +


Tough but generous Mrs. Laura Bayles, principal of Avondale High School, devotes her life to her students and counsels them with evenhanded care. Consequently, when the well-being of her "children" is threatened by a "back room" drinking and gambling operation run by former student Clarence "Click" Dade, she attempts to force its closure. Her efforts, however, are hindered by the skillful manipulations of Holland, the unscrupulous school superintendent, and by Joseph Killaine, the town's political boss. To fight fire with fire, Mrs. Bayles throws down $250 at Click's gambling table and, using a pair of his loaded dice, wins enough money to open her own club. Although the teenagers enjoy the new jazz-filled cafe, Gerry, Killaine's spoiled, wild daughter, who is in love with Sandy, an older, clean-living delivery man, causes a fight to break out when Sandy rebuffs her. After the cafe is closed down, Superintendent Holland and Killaine then demand Mrs. Bayles's dismissal, two years before her pension eligibility. Defeated and facing a bleak future, Mrs. Bayles nevertheless accepts the apologies of a remorseful, reformed Gerry, and of Click, who has secretly wired the President of the United States, another former student of Mrs. Bayles who has been traveling in the area. On the steps of the school building, the President delivers a rousing speech to the townspeople about the virtues of motherhood and the value of dedicated but unappreciated teachers like the grand old Mrs. Bayles. +

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

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