The Girl from Missouri

Overview

Originally titled Eadie was a Lady, this Jean Harlow vehicle was slated for release under the title Born to be Kissed, but the new Production Code vetoed this "suggestive" cognomen. After a brief and uncomfortable period as One Hundred Percent Pure, the film was finally shipped to theaters as The Girl From Missouri. Harlow plays Eadie, a sexy gold-digger who promises to remain chaste until she finds a wealthy husband. Travelling to New York in the company of her best friend Kitty Patsy Kelly, Eadie manages to ...
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Overview

Originally titled Eadie was a Lady, this Jean Harlow vehicle was slated for release under the title Born to be Kissed, but the new Production Code vetoed this "suggestive" cognomen. After a brief and uncomfortable period as One Hundred Percent Pure, the film was finally shipped to theaters as The Girl From Missouri. Harlow plays Eadie, a sexy gold-digger who promises to remain chaste until she finds a wealthy husband. Travelling to New York in the company of her best friend Kitty Patsy Kelly, Eadie manages to keep that promise, though for a while it looks as though she'll succumb to the charms of playboy T. R. Paige Jr. Franchot Tone. Once Paige has proven that his intentions are basically honorable, Eadie must break down the resistance of T. R. Paige Sr. Lionel Barrymore, who is dead-set against his son's romance and intends to frame the girl in a compromising position. She gets even with Paige Sr. by framing him, but there's still a couple of reels to go before the happy ending. Except for some provocative costuming, Jean Harlow's character is essentially decent, thereby "cleansing" some of the more risque elements of this enjoyable romantic comedy. The film's best line is delivered by Patsy Kelly who, when propositioned by an elderly roue, snarls "Look at this! Death takes a holiday!"
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
B.G. DeSylva, Richard Whiting, and Nacio Herb Brown's naughty "Eadie Was a Lady" was of course composed with girls like Jean Harlow in mind. Or at least the kind of good-hearted broads Harlow plays in The Girl From Missouri, which was MGM's substitution title when the Hays Office censors nixed any reference to the song. The censors actually objected to more than the title, but somehow much of Anita Loos and John Emerson's racy screenplay was retained, including hints about a certain "white powder" and the strong suggestion that chorus girls like Eadie Chapman and Kitty Lennihan (Patsy Kelly) were little more than whores. Cuts were nevertheless made and as a consequence, MGM lost the film's original director, Sam Wood, along the way. The end result is quintessential Jean Harlow, or at least it was before the studio decided to tone down both her brassy hair color and corresponding personality. Lionel Barrymore, meanwhile, hams it up like only he could as Jean's first target, Franchot Tone, is sufficiently glib as the guy she eventually lands, and Patsy Kelly is, well, Patsy Kelly.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/2011
  • UPC: 883316340844
  • Original Release: 1934
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Remastered / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:12:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 46,768

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jean Harlow Eadie Chapman
Lionel Barrymore T.R. Paige
Franchot Tone T.R. Paige Jr
Patsy Kelly Kitty Lennihan
Alan Mowbray Lord Douglas
Clara Blandick Miss Newberry
Hale Hamilton Charles Turner
Henry Kolker Sen. Titcombe
Norman Ainsley 2nd Butler
Bill Boyd Eadie's Stepfather
James Burke
Lane Chandler Doorman
Howard Hickman Senator
Russell Hopton Bert
Gladys Hulette Secretary
Fuzzy Knight Cameraman
Alice Lake Manicurist
Marion Lord Wardrobe Mistress
Dennis O'Keefe Dance Extra
Lee Phelps Policeman
Bert Roach Willie
Des Roberts Butler
Larry Steers Extra in Stateroom
Carol Tevis Baby Talker
Richard Tucker Office Manager
Charles Williams
Charles Wilson Lieutenant
Lewis Stone Frank Cousins
Nat Pendleton Lifeguard
Charles Coleman
Maude Eburne
Douglas Fowley
Technical Credits
Jack Conway Director
Adrian Costumes/Costume Designer
Dr. William Axt Score Composer
John Emerson Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Tom Held Editor
Bernard Hyman Producer
Ray June Cinematographer
Anita Loos Screenwriter
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