“Ladies in Love” - Pre-Code Romantic Adventure
released on May 15, 1930
running time 65 minutes
The Actors: Alice Day (Brenda Lasalle), Johnnie Walker (Harry King), James P. Burtis (Al Pine, radio announcer), Marjorie Kane (Marjorie 'Babe' Kane), Freeman Wood (Ward Hampton), Dorothy Gould (Patsy Green), Elinor Flynn (Mary Wood), Mary Carr (Mrs. Wood), Mary Foy (Mrs. Tibbs, landlady), Bernie Lamont (Frank Jones)
Love in the Big Apple
Actress Alice Day at age 25, plays the part of New York City radio singing sensation Brenda LaSalle, engaged to the owner of the radio station. Far away in Vermont a young aspiring song writer has a song that is written just for Brenda . . . you see . . . Harry King, played by Johnny Walker, is in love with the voice on the radio, and is certain that if she will sing his song he will become famous and the two of them will fall in love and get married. Of course, the Vermont small town girl everyone thinks he will marry may have something to say about it before this story has its happy ending.
Harry packs his bag and takes his little bit of money with him and heads to New York City to meet singing star Brenda and create the 'happily ever after' that his dreams tell him is in his future. When Harry gets to the big city he discovers that it is nearly impossible to even meet Brenda, let alone show her his song or get her to fall in love with him. Harry is persistent though, and eventually the fates put him at a party that Brenda is hosting, and Brenda is made to believe that Harry is a Vermont millionaire with money to burn.
Well, this makes Brenda very interested in Harry, and her engagement to the station owner was getting old anyway, because the station owner's mother threatened to cut of his money if he married Brenda. So here we are, Harry and Brenda, and it looks like they will indeed fall in love, and even when Brenda learns that Harry is not a millionaire she decides that he is the man for her, and dumps the station owner like a bad habit.
Now, here is where it gets really interesting. This story was filmed in 1930, a couple of years before the Hays Office would begin censoring movies and dictating how story lines could unfold in a family-friendly, non-controversial way. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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