Don't Bet on Women (1931)

61 or 70 mins | Comedy | 15 February 1931

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was More Than a Kiss , which, according to modern sources, was also the British release title. The unpublished story by William Anthony McGuire was entitled "All Women Are Bad." According to a MPH news item, the film was completed in seventeen days, four days under schedule. Modern sources note that this was Jeanette MacDonald's first non-singing role and include Cyril Ring in the cast as a guest at the party. A Spanish-language version, ¿Conoces a tu mujer?, was also produced in 1931 (see ... More Less

The working title of this film was More Than a Kiss , which, according to modern sources, was also the British release title. The unpublished story by William Anthony McGuire was entitled "All Women Are Bad." According to a MPH news item, the film was completed in seventeen days, four days under schedule. Modern sources note that this was Jeanette MacDonald's first non-singing role and include Cyril Ring in the cast as a guest at the party. A Spanish-language version, ¿Conoces a tu mujer?, was also produced in 1931 (see above). More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
CM
31 Oct
p. 750.
EHW
27 Dec 30
p. 28.
Film Daily
15 Feb 31
p. 10.
Film Daily
25 May 31
p. 7.
HF
10 Jan 31
p. 24.
Motion Picture Herald
17 Jan 31
p. 64.
Motion Picture Herald
21 Feb 31
p. 45.
New York Times
7 Mar 31
p. 17.
Variety
11 Mar 31
p. 15.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
¿Conoces a tu mujer?
More Than a Kiss
Release Date:
15 February 1931
Production Date:
17 December 1930--mid January 1931
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 January 1931
Copyright Number:
LP1958
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
61 or 70
Length(in feet):
6,300
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Roger Fallon, a confirmed bachelor who believes that all women are bad but fascinating, fends off women five years after his divorce. When his former wife Doris asks him to draw up a trust fund because she plans to marry a man who cannot support her, Roger consents and consults smug, self-satisfied attorney Herbert Drake. According to Drake, women are bad because men allow them to be bad, and he argues that it is an art to control women without letting them know that they are being controlled. Drake further states that he has absolute trust in his wife Jeanne. To get away from women, Roger and his friend Chipley Duff plan a yachting trip, but before they leave, Roger rescues a girl, Tallulah Hope, who calls for help in the water. Tallulah, it turns out, is a guest of the Drakes. Jeanne arrives on the boat and invites Roger and Chip to a party, where Drake, further perturbed by Roger's views, wagers $10,000 that Roger cannot kiss the first woman who enters the veranda within forty-eight hours. When Jeanne enters, Roger offers to call the bet off to avoid embarrassing Drake, but Drake, insulted, insists the bet is on. Jeanne, learning of the bet from Tallulah, coyly tells her anxious husband that it will allow her to learn whether she is a good woman or not. After Jeanne goes horseback riding with Roger, allows him to kiss her hand and encourages his flirtations, Drake refuses to go with her to Roger's apartment for dinner. Roger, who is falling in love, worries that if he kisses Jeanne, he will be left ... +


Roger Fallon, a confirmed bachelor who believes that all women are bad but fascinating, fends off women five years after his divorce. When his former wife Doris asks him to draw up a trust fund because she plans to marry a man who cannot support her, Roger consents and consults smug, self-satisfied attorney Herbert Drake. According to Drake, women are bad because men allow them to be bad, and he argues that it is an art to control women without letting them know that they are being controlled. Drake further states that he has absolute trust in his wife Jeanne. To get away from women, Roger and his friend Chipley Duff plan a yachting trip, but before they leave, Roger rescues a girl, Tallulah Hope, who calls for help in the water. Tallulah, it turns out, is a guest of the Drakes. Jeanne arrives on the boat and invites Roger and Chip to a party, where Drake, further perturbed by Roger's views, wagers $10,000 that Roger cannot kiss the first woman who enters the veranda within forty-eight hours. When Jeanne enters, Roger offers to call the bet off to avoid embarrassing Drake, but Drake, insulted, insists the bet is on. Jeanne, learning of the bet from Tallulah, coyly tells her anxious husband that it will allow her to learn whether she is a good woman or not. After Jeanne goes horseback riding with Roger, allows him to kiss her hand and encourages his flirtations, Drake refuses to go with her to Roger's apartment for dinner. Roger, who is falling in love, worries that if he kisses Jeanne, he will be left with a broken heart. That night, Jeanne, drunk with champagne and falling for Roger, entices him, but Roger, sincerely in love, refuses to love her under the existing taudry situation. Upset, Jeanne responds by saying that he couldn't be true to any woman because he is not even true to himself. Drake, who followed and overheard the conversation, happily tears up Roger's check to pay the wager. Before she leaves, Jeanne, curious to see if she missed anything, kisses Roger goodbye, to her husband's distress. +

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