The Girl in the Show

The Girl in the Show is a 1929 American comedy film directed by Edgar Selwyn and written by Edgar Selwyn and Joseph Farnham. The film stars Bessie Love, Raymond Hackett, Edward Nugent, Mary Doran, and Jed Prouty. The film was produced and distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.[2][3]

The Girl in the Show
Bessie Love in The Girl in the Show.jpg
Love as Hattie Hartley, in costume as Eva
Directed byEdgar Selwyn
Screenplay byEdgar Selwyn
Joseph Farnham
Based onEva the Fifth (1928 play)
by Kenyon Nicholson
John Golden[1]
StarringBessie Love
Raymond Hackett
Edward Nugent
Mary Doran
Jed Prouty
CinematographyArthur Reed
Edited byHarry Reynolds
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • August 31, 1929 (1929-08-31) (U.S.)[2][3]
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States


A traveling Tom show is stranded in Kansas when their manager steals what meager funds they have. Hattie Hartley (Bessie Love), who plays Eva in the production, decides to marry the local undertaker, so that he will fund the troupe and pay for her younger sister's schooling. On the day of the wedding, the troupe is booked for a performance at the last minute. Hattie refuses to get married so that she can play the role of Eva, an act which reunites her with her true love, a member of their troupe.[4]



The film received negative reviews, with one reviewer claiming that people were yelling at the screen in the theater.[5]

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  1. ^ Nicholson, Kenyon; Golden, John (1928). Eva the Fifth: the odyssey of a Tom show, in three acts. New York City: S. French, Inc. OCLC 558211.
  2. ^ a b "The Girl in the Show (1929) – Overview". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "The Girl in the Show". AFI. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  4. ^ Munden, Kenneth W., ed. (1971). The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States: Feature Films 1921–1930. New York: R.R. Bowker Company. p. 292. OCLC 664500075.
  5. ^ "Girl in the Show". Variety. New York. October 9, 1929. Retrieved January 6, 2015. Even the Brooklynites who saw this thing on this day could be heard calling the picture names right in the theatre.

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