5.7/10
116
8 user 1 critic

Grand Old Girl (1935)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 18 January 1935 (USA)
Miss Bayles (May Robson) has been trying to close down a business operated by Clarence (Alan Hale). Clarence runs a crooked gambling operation in the back room. Miss Bayles uses Clarence's ... See full summary »

Director:

John S. Robertson (as John Robertson)

Writers:

Milton Krims (screen play), John Twist (screen play) | 2 more credits »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Good Dame (1934)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A chorus girl gets stranded in a small midwestern town. Against her better judgement, she hooks up with a smooth-talking con artist who says he can help her get out of town.

Director: Marion Gering
Stars: Sylvia Sidney, Fredric March, Jack La Rue
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

An actor is jealous of his wife's stardom.

Director: Ralph Murphy
Stars: Elissa Landi, Adolphe Menjou, David Manners
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A tough young girl lives with her aging grandfather near a cove on the coast of Cornwall. She supports herself and him by gathering seaweed to sell as fertilizer. A cocky young neighboring boy decides to help her with the work.

Director: Henry Herbert
Stars: Donald Pleasence, David Bradley, Veronica Quilligan
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

In the spring of 1945, World War II is coming to a close. Roger Halyard, a dignified, strait-laced Englishmen, lives on a South Sea atoll with his three daughters, Gloria, Hester and Violet... See full summary »

Directors: Alvin Ganzer, F. Hugh Herbert
Stars: Leo Genn, Don Taylor, Gene Barry
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A cocky guy joins the Navy for the wrong reason but finds romance and twice is cited for heroism.

Director: Lloyd Bacon
Stars: James Cagney, Pat O'Brien, Gloria Stuart
Certificate: M Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  

The most ultra-secret telephone number of all is that of the "Hot'Line' that links the heads of state of the United States and Moscow. A conniving double agent manages to steal the top ... See full summary »

Director: Etienne Périer
Stars: Charles Boyer, Robert Taylor, Marie Dubois
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Hothead Pete Stone has been arrested for the murder of George.

Director: William F. Claxton
Stars: Dale Robertson, Yvonne De Carlo, William Bendix
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

US art dealer returns to his native Germany for a visit and is attracted by Nazi propaganda.

Director: William Cameron Menzies
Stars: Paul Lukas, Mady Christians, Morris Carnovsky
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Fantasy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A movie company is doing the Arabian Nights when a hobo enters their camp, falls asleep and dreams he's back in Baghdad as advisor to the Sultan. In a spoof of Rosevelt's New Deal, he ... See full summary »

Director: David Butler
Stars: Eddie Cantor, Tony Martin, Roland Young
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The son of a strict Navy officer falls for the daughter of a musical-comedy star.

Director: Charles Lamont
Stars: Donald O'Connor, Peggy Ryan, Ann Blyth
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Girl loves hot cars and a rich dragstrip racer. Her parents don't like either one.

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Fay Spain, Steven Terrell, John Ashley
Adventure | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1249, an Egyptian princess allies herself with the son of the Caliph of Baghdad in order to rid Egypt of its Bedouin invaders.

Director: Harmon Jones
Stars: Debra Paget, Jeffrey Hunter, Michael Rennie
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
May Robson ... Laura Bayles
Mary Carlisle ... Gerry Killaine
Fred MacMurray ... Sandy
Alan Hale ... Click Dade
Etienne Girardot ... Mellis
William Burress William Burress ... Butts
Hale Hamilton ... Killaine
Edward Van Sloan ... Holland
Fred Kohler Jr. ... Bill Belden
Onest Conley Onest Conley ... Neptune
Ben Alexander ... Tom Miller
George Offerman Jr. ... Walter
Gavin Gordon ... The President
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Jean House Mary Jean House ... One of Laura's Pupils
Edit

Storyline

Miss Bayles (May Robson) has been trying to close down a business operated by Clarence (Alan Hale). Clarence runs a crooked gambling operation in the back room. Miss Bayles uses Clarence's crooked dice to beat him and uses her winnings to open a respectable business for her students to use. Her business gets closed down after a fight in her establishment and the school board replaces her as principal of the town's school. Clarence is feeling pretty good about his victory over Miss Bayles until she tells him she also lost her pension. Clarence sends a fellow classmate and former student of Miss Bayles a telegram. The former student happens to be the President of the United States and he comes to town to honor Miss Bayles. Written by Harold Thornton

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vicio y virtud See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Fred MacMurray's first credited movie part. See more »

Soundtracks

Romance No.6, Op.6 (None But the Lonely Heart)
(1869) (uncredited)
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
In the score when Miss Bayles learns she's being dismissed
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Small Town School Marm
12 July 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

May Robson, two years after her Academy Award nominated performance in Lady for a Day, got roped into doing this film about a school principal in small town USA.

The premise is actually an interesting one and you can follow the concept from a film like Grand Old Girl right up to a television series like Boston Public. She's a school principal 24 hours a day and takes an interest in all that goes on in her small town.

The problem was that the script just had so many saccharine characters in it who in the end don't really turn out to be as bad as they first seem that it gets ridiculous. Alan Hale who runs a malt shop, but who has a back room where gambling and liquor are available to the kids, is one of her foes. In the end however he feels sorry for the old gal and turns out to be her rescuer. This is after she attempted to run him out of business.

Mary Carlisle in the next generation would be labeled a high school hellcat. At first she is one spoiled rich kid tramp and then she breaks down and cry when the town fathers led by her father put Robson out to pasture.

Among Robson's former pupils is a man who became an unnamed mythical President of the United States who makes a dramatic appearance in his home town. It can't be FDR since the president's face is never shown. Sort of like how Jesus was portrayed in films like The Big Fisherman or Ben-Hur later. Also the president is walking unaided which FDR could not do. But Gavin Gordon who plays the president has an FDR like mellifluous voice.

Fred MacMurray here is wasted, none of his gifts of comedy are utilized and that's a shame. He's a delivery man who Carlisle has a yen for.

Cecil B. DeMille made a controversial film two years earlier called This Day and Age about high school kids fighting corruption in their small town. Some of the same elements are here in Grand Old Girl, but the scriptwriters I believe were trapped by the persistent mythology of small town America and the good people in it. So the film got watered down to nothingness.

Sad to say, but there's nothing of any real interest in Grand Old Girl.


6 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 8 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed