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      The Girl From Missouri

      Released Aug 3, 1934 1h 15m Comedy List
      Reviews 71% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Leaving Missouri to find a wealthy husband in New York City, Eadie Chapman (Jean Harlow) becomes a chorus girl and soon entertains at the lavish home of millionaire Frank Cousins (Lewis Stone). Cousins proposes to Eadie, only to then commit suicide due to bankruptcy. Fellow millionaire T. R. Paige (Lionel Barrymore) defends Eadie when the police question her for having Cousins' jewelry -- but when she becomes enamored with his son, Tom (Franchot Tone), Paige declares Eadie a gold digger. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Otis Ferguson The New Republic Starts off brightly and gives Miss Harlow some rather good work. Jan 23, 2024 Full Review Meyer Levin (Patterson Murphy) Esquire Magazine Jean is loud, frank, and funny. Apr 21, 2020 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews This light drama was Jean Harlow's first film under the Production Code. Rated: C+ Aug 14, 2017 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member If the themes of The Girl From Missouri sound familiar it should. That's because Anita Loos who wrote the screenplay here also wrote the classic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. Unlike Marilyn Monroe in that film, Jean Harlow will accept any kind of jewelry from men of means. And it's men of means that Jean Harlow is after. She leaves the road side hash house run by her mother and stepfather because she's decided that the best way to gain the easy life is to marry it. Her talents as a chorus girl are limited, but she'll be able to trade in on that beauty. Her odyssey starts with her and friend Patsy Kelly getting an invitation to perform at a party thrown by millionaire Lewis Stone. But unbeknownst to Jean, Stone's just having a wild last fling before doing himself because of the moneys he owes not owns. Still she wrangles a few baubles from him that fellow millionaire Lionel Barrymore notices. Lionel's amused by it until Jean sets her sights on his playboy son, Franchot Tone. After that he is not amused and he looks to shake Jean from climbing the family tree. The Girl From Missouri went into production mid adaption of The Code so it went under peculiar censorship. I've a feeling we would have seen a much more risqué film. Still Jean Harlow as a younger and sassier version of Mae West is always appreciated. What a great comic talent that woman had, seeing The Girl From Missouri is a sad reminder of the great loss the world of film sustained with her passing three years later. Ironically enough the casting of Patsy Kelly with Harlow was no doubt influenced by the successful shorts Kelly was making with another famous platinum blonde, Thelma Todd. Harlow and Kelly have the same easy chemistry between that Patsy had with Thelma. Todd would also die a year later in a freak accident/suicide/homicide that no satisfactory explanation has ever really been given. Don't miss The Girl From Missouri, it's bright and sassy, must be from all that sparkling jewelry. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/08/23 Full Review Audience Member After seeing this, my third film from the 7-DVD 'Jean Harlow 100th Anniversary Collection' from Warner Archives, I'm very tempted to say, without exaggerating, that perhaps she was the first 'modern' actress (though Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Crawford would also be in the running). Her speech was very fast by that era's standard, she displayed a huge range of emotion, was incredibly sexy and was great at both comedy and drama. This was great, as she's a chorus girl from a poor family in the Midwest who wants to marry a millionaire but the right way, and without sacrificing her values in the process. At first she's not taken seriously, as she meets a wealthy banker (finely played by Lionel Barrymore) who knows what it's like to be on the poor side of the tracks, and enters his social circle. Then his playboy son (a very good performance by Franchot Tone, whom I liked best in 'Mutiny on the Bounty', his only Oscar-nominated work) takes a shine to her, unsure if she's the real thing or just another floozy. Heartily recommended. Not a great script, but it's lifted with Harlow's personality, jolly comedic relief by Patsy Kelly and a solid supporting cast, decently directed. For single-handedly saving Warner Brothers from bankruptcy just the previous year, she deserved better but this wasn't a bad showcase at all for her considerable talents. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Jean Harlow sizzles in this excellent little comedy. With her platinum hair & gorgeous accouterments, she is a dazzler. But her beauty should not obscure the fact that she was also a very good actress. She has rightfully earned her spot at the very top of the Hollywood pantheon... Gentlemen Prefer Platinum Blondes--HARLOW - Born to be Sassy - Comes out Classy... Good performances from all as Harlow seeks rich husband!! Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member After seeing this, my third film from the 7-DVD 'Jean Harlow 100th Anniversary Collection' from Warner Archives, I'm very tempted to say, without exaggerating, that perhaps she was the first 'modern' actress (though Barbara Stanwyck and Joan Crawford would also be in the running). Her speech was very fast by that era's standard, she displayed a huge range of emotion, was incredibly sexy and was great at both comedy and drama. This was great, as she's a chorus girl from a poor family in the Midwest who wants to marry a millionaire but the right way, and without sacrificing her values in the process. At first she's not taken seriously, as she meets a wealthy banker (finely played by Lionel Barrymore) who knows what it's like to be on the poor side of the tracks, and enters his social circle. Then his playboy son (a very good performance by Franchot Tone, whom I liked best in 'Mutiny on the Bounty', his only Oscar-nominated work) takes a shine to her, unsure if she's the real thing or just another floozy. Heartily recommended. Not a great script, but it's lifted with Harlow's personality, jolly comedic relief by Patsy Kelly and a solid supporting cast, decently directed. For single-handedly saving Warner Brothers from bankruptcy just the previous year, she deserved better but this wasn't a bad showcase at all for her considerable talents. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member You could make me cheap and common like a million others but I wish you wouldn't. Eadie is a singer from a small town in Missouri that does not want to follow in her mother's footsteps and finish her days working in bars with no future. She runs off to the city with her best friend, Kitty, in hopes of finding a millionaire and marrying him. She has no concern for love but while trying to execute her plan she may find it anyway. "Will you try for once to be a lady?" "If they wanted a lady they'd be home with their wives." Jack Conway, director of Honky Tonk, Cross Roads, Boom Town, A Tale of Two Cities, The Charmer, Saratoga, and Viva Villa, delivers The Girl from Missouri. The storyline for this picture is fairly straightforward with a couple interesting twists. The script is very good and the acting was better than I anticipated. The cast includes Lionel Barrymore, Jean Harlow, and Franchot Tone. "These blonds sure know where to dig up suckers." We noticed this was airing at the American Film Institute (AFI) in honor of Jean Harlow and decided to give it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised by the witty lines, wonderful characters, and excellent pace of this film. This is definitely a worthwhile picture that is clever, interesting, and a nice blend of romance, comedy, and drama. I strongly recommend seeing this picture. "Love is a bigger thing than money." Grade: A Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/19/23 Full Review Audience Member One of my all time fav black and white films. Lots of chemistry. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Leaving Missouri to find a wealthy husband in New York City, Eadie Chapman (Jean Harlow) becomes a chorus girl and soon entertains at the lavish home of millionaire Frank Cousins (Lewis Stone). Cousins proposes to Eadie, only to then commit suicide due to bankruptcy. Fellow millionaire T. R. Paige (Lionel Barrymore) defends Eadie when the police question her for having Cousins' jewelry -- but when she becomes enamored with his son, Tom (Franchot Tone), Paige declares Eadie a gold digger.
      Director
      Jack Conway
      Producer
      Bernard H. Hyman
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 3, 1934, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jun 1, 2012
      Runtime
      1h 15m
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