The Naughty Flirt

The Naughty Flirt is a 1931 American pre-Code romantic comedy film directed by Edward Cline and starring Alice White, Paul Page and Myrna Loy.[1]

The Naughty Flirt
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Directed byEdward Cline
Screenplay byRichard Weil
Earl Baldwin
Based on"Man Crazy"
by Frederick A. Bowen (uncredited)
StarringAlice White
Paul Page
Myrna Loy
Music bySam H. Stept (uncredited)
CinematographySidney Hickox
Edited byJack Rawlins
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • January 11, 1931 (1931-01-11)
Running time
56 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

PlotEdit

Attorney Alan Ward (Paul Page) is fed up with the reckless behavior of spoiled heiress Kay Elliott (Alice White) – the daughter of the head of his law firm – who is in love with him. Stung by his rejection, she eventually tells him to "Go jump in the lake." Seeing a chance to make up the money they lost in the stock market crash, a fortune-hunting brother and sister, Jack and Linda Gregory (Douglas Gilmore and Myrna Loy), get Kay to agree to marry Jack. At the altar, she announces that she still loves Alan, and he comes to his senses and realizes he loves her too.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

The film features one of Myrna Loy's early roles. Loy was 26 at the time and this was her last Warner Bros. film before moving on to Sam Goldwyn, then 20th Century Fox for a year, finally settling at MGM. Alice White, on the other hand, had already passed the prime of her career, which started in 1927.[2]

ReceptionEdit

Press reception to the film was not positive, with The New York Times writing "It is as difficult to find something to praise as it is to find a needle in a haystack," and Variety echoing that the film "can be reduced to a dumb number falling for a guy that's hard to get and getting him... Four starting points and even more endings."[2]

Preservation statusEdit

The Naughty Flirt is preserved in the Library of Congress collection Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation.[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "The Naughty Flirt" in the AFI Catalog of Feature Films1893-1993
  2. ^ a b Arnold, Jeremy. "The Naughty Flirt" on TCM.com
  3. ^ Catalog of Holdings The American Film Institute Collection and The United Artists Collection at The Library of Congress, p. 125, c.1978 by the American Film Institute

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