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  Colleen Moore and Neil Hamilton (center).
Photograph: courtesy British Film Institute.
 
 
Why Be Good?
Also known as That’s a Bad Girl in the USA
(1929) American
B&W : Eight reels / 7507 feet
Directed by William A. Seiter

Cast: Colleen Moore [Pert Kelly], Neil Hamilton [Peabody Jr.], Bodil Rosing [Ma Kelly], John Sainpolis [Pa Kelly], Edward Martindel [Peabody Sr.], Eddie Clayton [Tom], Lincoln Stedman [Jerry], Louis Natheaux [Jimmy], Collette Merton [Julie], Dixie Gay [Susie], Jean Harlow

First National Pictures, Incorporated, production; distibuted by First National Pictures, Incorporated. / Scenario by Carey Wilson, from a screen story by Carey Wilson. Song “I’m Thirsty for Kisses” by Lou Davis and J. Fred Coots. Cinematography by Sidney Hickox. Intertitles by Paul Perez. Edited by Terry Morse. Presented by John McCormick. / © 28 February 1929 by First National Pictures, Incorporated [LP168]. Released 12 March 1929. / [?] Movietone 35mm spherical 1.20:1 format and/or Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format? [?] Western Electric Movietone sound-on-film sound system? / [?] AFI-F2 n. F2.6332 lists the sound process as the Movietone sound-on-film system; another source reports that a complete set of sound disks (Vitaphone?) have been recovered. The film was also released in the USA in a silent version at 7067 feet on 3 March 1929. / Silent film, with synchronized music and sound effects.

Comedy.

Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F2 n. F2.6332.

Survival status: Print exists in a European film archive.

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Managers - Roadhouses - Sales clerks - Synchronized sound film

Listing updated: 29 October 2014.

References: AFI-F2 n. F2.6332; Drew-Speaking pp. 180-181, 283 : Website-AFI.

Home video: DVD.

 
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