Tanned Legs (November 10, 1929)

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Tanned Legs
 

Released on November 10, 1929: The members of a wealthy family spending the summer at the Palm Beach Breakers have affairs, meet swindlers and get tanned legs in the summer sun.

Directed by Marshall Neilan

The Actors: Arthur Lake (Bill), June Clyde (Peggy Reynolds), Dorothy Revier (Mrs. Lyons-King), Ann Pennington (Tootie), Albert Gran (Mr. Reynolds), Allen Kearns (Roger Fleming), Sally Blane (Janet Reynolds), Edmund Burns (Clinton Darrow), Lincoln Stedman (Pudgy), Nella Walker (Mrs. Sophie Reynolds), Johnny Johnson's Orchestra (themselves), Johnny Johnson (himself), Lita Chevret (beach girl), Pearl Eaton (unknown), Kay English (unknown), Lloyd Hamilton (detective), Helen Kaiser (unknown), Bert Moorhouse (Joe), Claire Rochelle (dancer), Polly Ann Young (dancer)

 

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Can You 'Twiddle' Your Thumbs?

I haven't twiddled my thumbs since I was a little kid, and when a couple of actors in this romantic Broadway musical twiddled their thumbs I smiled to myself and immediately became a seven year old boy again, sitting under the apple tree in the back yard of 304 South Main Street in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania thinking about nothing and twiddling my thumbs. I was very proud that I could twiddle adroitly in both directions . . . what a feat! This pre-code story concerns a wealthy family spending their summer at the Palm Beach Breakers resort. Since it is pre-code, husbands will be chasing other women, and wives will be chasing other men. The Reynolds are four . . . father, chasing a young woman who turns out to be a stock swindler flirting with him to get his money. Mrs. Reynolds, watching her husband cow-eyed over the young stock swindler wastes no time and flirts with another fellow there who thinks he is God's gift to all women. There are two young daughters . . . Peggy Reynolds, played by June Clyde, and younger sister Janet Reynolds, played by Sally Blane, whose real name is Elizabeth Jane Young, sister of Loretta Young and Polly Ann Young, the famous acting trio of sisters. Polly Ann Young also plays a bit part as one of the beach girls dancing and singing their way through the movie. The other notable actor you will see is an early movie appearance by Arthur Lake, later to become famous acting as Dagwood Bumstead in the Blondie movies. In between all of the excuses for scantily clad young girls dancing their way through the show and the romantic crises between all of the couples, and the stock swindle, and preparations for the big annual orphan's benefit show, there are naughty love letters that must be stolen from the cad who is holding them and threatening to blackmail younger sister Janet. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy an outstanding Broadway play adapted to the big screen.

Albert Gran, Nella Walker and Sally Blane
Albert Gran, Nella Walker and Sally Blane
Albert Gran and Nella Walker
Albert Gran and Nella Walker
Allen Kearns and Ann Pennington
Allen Kearns and Ann Pennington
Allen Kearns kisses Ann Pennington
Allen Kearns kisses Ann Pennington
Allen Kearns sings to June Clyde
Allen Kearns sings to June Clyde
Ann Pennington as Tootie
Ann Pennington as Tootie
Arthur Lake, June Clyde, Sally Blane and Edmund Burns
Arthur Lake, June Clyde, Sally Blane and Edmund Burns
Arthur Lake as Bill
Arthur Lake as Bill
Clinton Darrow and Dorothy Revier
Clinton Darrow and Dorothy Revier
Dorothy Revier and Albert Gran
Dorothy Revier and Albert Gran
Edmund Burns and Albert Gran and Dorothy Revier
Edmund Burns and Albert Gran and Dorothy Revier
Edmund Burns and Sally Blane
Edmund Burns and Sally Blane
Edmund Burns as swindler Clinton Darrow
Edmund Burns as swindler Clinton Darrow
June Clyde and Arthur Lake
June Clyde and Arthur Lake
June Clyde and Arthur Lake
June Clyde and Arthur Lake
June Clyde and Edmund Burns
June Clyde and Edmund Burns
June Clyde as Peggy Reynolds in Tanned Legs
June Clyde as Peggy Reynolds in Tanned Legs
Arthur Lake proposes to June Clyde
Arthur Lake proposes to June Clyde
Nella Walker, Allen Kearns and Sally Blane
Nella Walker, Allen Kearns and Sally Blane
Nella Walker and Allen Kearns
Nella Walker and Allen Kearns
Nella Walker and June Clyde
Nella Walker and June Clyde
Nella Walker and Sally Blane
Nella Walker and Sally Blane
Sally Blane and Albert Gran
Sally Blane and Albert Gran
Sally Blane and Edmund Burns
Sally Blane and Edmund Burns
Sally Blane as Janet Reynolds in Tanned Legs
Sally Blane as Janet Reynolds in Tanned Legs