Naughty Baby (1929)

70 mins | Comedy-drama | 19 January 1929

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HISTORY

According to the 12 May 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World, the picture was first announced under the working title Rosie of the Ritz, followed by Ritzy Rosy.        The 26 Oct 1928 Exhibitors Daily Review reported a third and final title change to Naughty Baby.
       According to the 22 Aug 1928 Var, production was set to begin on 1 Sep 1928.
       First National was promoting the film by introducing a new dance featured in the picture called “the Naughty Baby Glide,” according to the 7 Nov 1928 Var.
       In Jan 1929, Motion Picture Magazine stated that production had recently completed at the First National Studios in Burbank, CA. Tom Geraghty was tasked to edit and title the picture.
       The 20 Jan 1929 FD review deemed the picture “a dizzy yarn,” and the 6 Feb 1929 Var review favored the comedy’s “lightness, brevity, and speed.”
       Some sources, including the Chicago Tribune review, list the surname of the character played by Jack Mulhall as "Bolton."
       The film print for Naughty Baby was fully restored by The Film Foundation, an organization founded in 1990 by director Martin ... More Less

According to the 12 May 1928 Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World, the picture was first announced under the working title Rosie of the Ritz, followed by Ritzy Rosy.        The 26 Oct 1928 Exhibitors Daily Review reported a third and final title change to Naughty Baby.
       According to the 22 Aug 1928 Var, production was set to begin on 1 Sep 1928.
       First National was promoting the film by introducing a new dance featured in the picture called “the Naughty Baby Glide,” according to the 7 Nov 1928 Var.
       In Jan 1929, Motion Picture Magazine stated that production had recently completed at the First National Studios in Burbank, CA. Tom Geraghty was tasked to edit and title the picture.
       The 20 Jan 1929 FD review deemed the picture “a dizzy yarn,” and the 6 Feb 1929 Var review favored the comedy’s “lightness, brevity, and speed.”
       Some sources, including the Chicago Tribune review, list the surname of the character played by Jack Mulhall as "Bolton."
       The film print for Naughty Baby was fully restored by The Film Foundation, an organization founded in 1990 by director Martin Scorsese. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Chicago Tribune
28 Jan 1929
p. 37.
Exhibitors Daily Review
5 Jul 1928
p. 4.
Exhibitors Daily Review
10 Aug 1928
p. 4.
Exhibitors Daily Review
26 Oct 1928
p. 4.
Exhibitors Herald and Moving Picture World
12 May 1928
p. 89.
Film Daily
20 Jan 1929
p. 8.
Motion Picture Magazine
Jan 1929
p. 10, 14.
New York Times
5 Feb 1929
p. 26.
The Film Spectator
17 Nov 1928
p. 14.
Variety
20 Jun 1928
p. 23.
Variety
22 Aug 1928
p. 31.
Variety
10 Oct 1928
p. 61.
Variety
7 Nov 1928
p. 5.
Variety
6 Feb 1929
p. 18.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Ritzy Rosie
Rosie of the Ritz
Release Date:
19 January 1929
Production Date:
began 1 September 1928
Copyright Claimant:
First National Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
10 December 1928
Copyright Number:
LP25900
Physical Properties:
Silent with sound sequences
Sd eff and mus score by Vitaphone
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si, 16 Dec 1928; 6,406 ft.
Duration(in mins):
70
Length(in feet):
6,360
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Rosie McGill, a hatcheck girl at a posh New York City hotel, is pursued by three lovesick young men, Tony Caponi, Benny Cohen and Joe Cassidy, but she sets her cap for wealthy Broadway playboy Terry Vandeveer. Following him to Long Beach, on Long Island, Rosie masquerades as a society girl; as expected, she meets Terry there, and he is greatly attracted to her. Back in the city, Rosie quits her job and then is quickly exposed as a fraud at a fancy party. As she is telling Terry the truth about herself, it appears from a large check that bounces that Terry is also a fraud. Rosie sticks by him, however, and wins his love. His uncle then appears and explains that Terry's check bounced only because his substantial allowance had been temporarily cut off. Terry and Rosie look forward to a long and prosperous life ... +


Rosie McGill, a hatcheck girl at a posh New York City hotel, is pursued by three lovesick young men, Tony Caponi, Benny Cohen and Joe Cassidy, but she sets her cap for wealthy Broadway playboy Terry Vandeveer. Following him to Long Beach, on Long Island, Rosie masquerades as a society girl; as expected, she meets Terry there, and he is greatly attracted to her. Back in the city, Rosie quits her job and then is quickly exposed as a fraud at a fancy party. As she is telling Terry the truth about herself, it appears from a large check that bounces that Terry is also a fraud. Rosie sticks by him, however, and wins his love. His uncle then appears and explains that Terry's check bounced only because his substantial allowance had been temporarily cut off. Terry and Rosie look forward to a long and prosperous life together. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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