Society Girl (1932)

72 or 74 mins | Comedy-drama | 29 May 1932

Director:

Sidney Lanfield

Writer:

Elmer Harris

Cinematographer:

George Barnes

Editor:

Margaret Clancy

Production Designer:

Gordon Wiles

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, the play written by John Larkin, Jr. and Charles Beahan "was adapted from an unpublished and uncopyrighted story of the same title written by Charles Beahan." Var noted that this "quick adaptation" of the Broadway play (the play opened 30 Dec 1931, while shooting on the film began 21 Mar 1932) "switched the finish." According to a NYT news item, the film marked the first use of a "living stage," a permanent outdoor set made up of flowers, shrubs and tree from nearly every country, which was planned exclusively for motion picture work. Prior standard practice was to rent private gardens. According to a modern source, the producer was Al Rockett. Modern sources also note that Spencer Tracy turned down the film Man About Town (see above) in favor of this picture and was surprised to find out that he had been cast in a subordinate role. Fox also released a dubbed Spanish version of Society Girl entitled Chica Bien ... More Less

According to the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department at the UCLA Theater Arts Library, the play written by John Larkin, Jr. and Charles Beahan "was adapted from an unpublished and uncopyrighted story of the same title written by Charles Beahan." Var noted that this "quick adaptation" of the Broadway play (the play opened 30 Dec 1931, while shooting on the film began 21 Mar 1932) "switched the finish." According to a NYT news item, the film marked the first use of a "living stage," a permanent outdoor set made up of flowers, shrubs and tree from nearly every country, which was planned exclusively for motion picture work. Prior standard practice was to rent private gardens. According to a modern source, the producer was Al Rockett. Modern sources also note that Spencer Tracy turned down the film Man About Town (see above) in favor of this picture and was surprised to find out that he had been cast in a subordinate role. Fox also released a dubbed Spanish version of Society Girl entitled Chica Bien . More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
11 Jun 32
p. 18.
International Photographer
1 Jun 32
p. 30.
Los Angeles Times
19-Jun-32
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Motion Picture Herald
18 Jun 32
p. 35.
New York Times
11 Jun 32
p. 9.
New York Times
19-Jun-32
---
Variety
14 Jun 32
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
WRITERS
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
Contr wrt
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
Cam op
Asst cam
Asst cam
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
PRODUCTION MISC
Still photog
STAND INS
Boxing double for James Dunn
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Society Girl by John Larkin, Jr. and Charles Beahan (New York, 30 Dec 1931).
DETAILS
Release Date:
29 May 1932
Production Date:
began 21 March 1932
Copyright Claimant:
Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
13 May 1932
Copyright Number:
LP3075
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
72 or 74
Length(in feet):
6,650
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

When society girl Judy Gelett discusses her upcoming party with her sometime paramour, Tom Warburton, he suggests that she sponsor an exhibition boxing match between Johnny Malone, the contender for the middleweight championship, and "Killer" Cullen. Tom arranges the bout with Johnny's manager, Doc Briscoe, and on the night of the party, Judy arbitrarily decides to root for Cullen, which annoys Johnny. After Johnny wins the match, he and Judy meet, and the sarcastic taunts they trade cannot hide their mutual attraction. As time passes, Johnny's deepening relationship with Judy distracts him from training for the upcoming championship fight between himself and "Hammer" Swanson. Doc, realizing that Johnny is losing the drive and discipline required to become champion, tries to persuade him not to spend so much time with Judy, but to no avail. Finally losing his patience, Doc asks Johnny to choose either the fight and his friendship, or Judy. Johnny promises Doc that he will not see Judy until after the fight, and then calls her to tell her that they must separate for the next two weeks. Late that night, however, Judy sneaks into the training camp and takes Johnny to her mansion, where they spend the early morning hours. When Johnny returns, he finds the furious Doc waiting for him. Doc berates Johnny for being manipulated by a high-society "dame" who wants "something rough for a change," after which Johnny punches him. Doc apologizes but still insists that it is time for him and Johnny to part company. Later, Johnny presses Judy to marry him, and although she does not intend for their liaison to become permanent, she ... +


When society girl Judy Gelett discusses her upcoming party with her sometime paramour, Tom Warburton, he suggests that she sponsor an exhibition boxing match between Johnny Malone, the contender for the middleweight championship, and "Killer" Cullen. Tom arranges the bout with Johnny's manager, Doc Briscoe, and on the night of the party, Judy arbitrarily decides to root for Cullen, which annoys Johnny. After Johnny wins the match, he and Judy meet, and the sarcastic taunts they trade cannot hide their mutual attraction. As time passes, Johnny's deepening relationship with Judy distracts him from training for the upcoming championship fight between himself and "Hammer" Swanson. Doc, realizing that Johnny is losing the drive and discipline required to become champion, tries to persuade him not to spend so much time with Judy, but to no avail. Finally losing his patience, Doc asks Johnny to choose either the fight and his friendship, or Judy. Johnny promises Doc that he will not see Judy until after the fight, and then calls her to tell her that they must separate for the next two weeks. Late that night, however, Judy sneaks into the training camp and takes Johnny to her mansion, where they spend the early morning hours. When Johnny returns, he finds the furious Doc waiting for him. Doc berates Johnny for being manipulated by a high-society "dame" who wants "something rough for a change," after which Johnny punches him. Doc apologizes but still insists that it is time for him and Johnny to part company. Later, Johnny presses Judy to marry him, and although she does not intend for their liaison to become permanent, she reluctantly agrees to become engaged if he keeps it a secret. Soon after, Johnny weighs in for the fight at six pounds below Swanson, and the reporters quickly see that he is in terrible shape. From Johnny's casual remark that he and Judy are friends, the reporters also conclude that they are engaged. The front page stories about the wedding upset Judy, who reveals to Tom that she loves Johnny but fears her society pals will treat him cruelly. Dismayed by the seriousness of her feelings for Johnny, Judy decides to escape the situation by taking a cruise. She tries to break off their engagement, but Johnny arrives with tickets to the fight and refuses to accept her rationalization that their marriage could not work because they come from different worlds. When Johnny sees the cruise ticket, he understands why Judy has refused to attend the fight, and slaps her. At the stadium, Johnny is too dispirited to fight and is quickly knocked out by Swanson. Doc, who is in the audience, attempts to revive the unconscious fighter. After listening in horror to the radio broadcast of the fight, Judy rushes to the hospital where Johnny has been taken. Her sincerity and evident distress convince Doc that she really loves Johnny, and when Johnny awakens, Doc tells him that he will promote another fight using Judy's money. Johnny is reluctant to accept Judy's help until Doc casually remarks that she would make a good wife. Judy then convinces Johnny of her love with a kiss. +

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

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