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Loose Ankles (1930)

Passed | | Comedy, Romance | 2 February 1930 (USA)
In this light romantic comedy, 17-year old Loretta Young is cast as Ann Harper, a wealthy socialite who has inherited a fortune provided the family is involved in no scandals appearing in ... See full summary »

Director:

Ted Wilde

Writer:

Sam Janney (from the play by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Loretta Young ... Ann Harper Berry
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Gil Hayden
Louise Fazenda ... Sarah Harper
Otis Harlan ... Maj. Rupert Harper
Daphne Pollard ... Agnes
Edward J. Nugent ... Andy Martin (as Eddie Nugent)
Inez Courtney ... Betty
Ethel Wales ... Katherine Harper
Norman Selby Norman Selby ... Terry Todd
Raymond Keane ... Linton
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In this light romantic comedy, 17-year old Loretta Young is cast as Ann Harper, a wealthy socialite who has inherited a fortune provided the family is involved in no scandals appearing in print, and her two aunts and uncle consent to the marriage. Put off by all this, she is determined to cause a scandal so that none of the family will receive any of the inheritance. An arrow-straight Fairbanks is volunteered to be the one to "compromise" her, but the two end up falling for each other. Upon being discovered in Loretta's boudoir, Fairbanks makes a hasty exit out of the nearest window. The romance seems destined to fail, but Fairbanks (and his two friends) have other ideas, which are accidentally "aided" by the two prudish aunts. Written by bughouse

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Loose Ankles See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(copyright length) | (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Apparatus)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Completed in 1929, and bearing a 1929 (MCMXXIX) copyright statement on the title card, release of this film was held back until February 1930 because of the untimely death of its director, Ted Wilde at the age of 40, 17 December 1929. See more »

Goofs

Onscreen credits list Louise Fazenda as "Sarah" and Ethel Wales as "Katherine", but Fazenda is consistently called "Katherine" and Wales is consistently called "Sarah". See more »

Quotes

Terry Todd: All right, girls, park the body.
Sarah Harper: Pardon me?
Terry Todd: Sit down.
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First National also released this title as a totally silent film, but no details are known. See more »

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Lady Luck
(1929) (uncredited)
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Eddie Nugent and Ethel Wales Cut Loose
7 January 2013 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

After receiving a "foot powder" (as director Ted Wilde has the camera caress her beautiful legs), pretty Loretta Young (as Ann Harper Berry) is ready to attend the reading of a wealthy grandmother's will. She inherits a fortune, but Ms. Young must marry a nice young man and avoid scandal in order to collect. Young decides to advertise. She finds good-looking and unscrupulous Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (as Gil Hayden) through an escort service. However, their business arrangement gets complicated by love and scandal...

Young's sexy opening is followed by the beautiful actress appearing in slinky attire. Not to be outdone, Mr. Fairbanks is stripped of his clothing by zealous maid Daphne Pollard (as Agnes), in order to assume a "compromising" position. However, it is cute gigolo Eddie Nugent (as Andy Martin) who gets the naughtiest scenes. Introduced in a bathtub, Mr. Nugent later appears without his pants; apparently, for no other reason than to exchange more personal foot spankings with fellow escort Norman Selby (as Terry Todd)...

The cast winds up in the wicked "Circus Cafe", with leggy dancers and plenty to drink. Straight-laced aunts Ethel Wales (as Katherine) and Louise Fazenda (as Sarah) don't know the punch is spiked. Also appearing are snorting Otis Harlan (as Rupert Harper), smoking Inez Courtney (as Betty), and studly Raymond Keane (Linton Harper). Young and Fairbanks become mechanical as the supporting players take over the screen. "Loose Ankles" is stolen from them, especially by Nugent and Ms. Wales.

******* Loose Ankles (2/2/30) Ted Wilde ~ Loretta Young, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Edward J. Nugent, Ethel Wales


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