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Probation (April 1, 1932)

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Probation
 

Released on April 1, 1932: (running time 66 minutes) Janet, a rich young girl engaged to a man-about-town playboy is forced to oversee the probation of a fellow who got arrested for beating up a man that was after his kid sister, who happens to be the man about to marry Janet.

Produced by George R. Batcheller

Directed by Richard Thorpe

The Actors:Sally Blane (Janet Holman), John Darrow (Nick Jarrett), Betty Grable (Ruth Jarrett, Nick's sister), J. Farrell MacDonald (Uncle George), Clara Kimball Young (Mrs. Humphries), Eddie Phillips (Allen Wells), David Rollins (Alec), Matty Kemp (Bert), David Durand (David), Kenne Duncan (wedding rehearsal attendant), Mary Jane Irving (Gwen), Dorothy Vernon (Mrs. Meyers, radio shop customer)

 

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Three Girls You Should Meet . . .

All of the actors in every old movie, including this one, have lives and stories that are fascinating and unique, but today I'd like to tell you about three women in this romantic adventure. The movie opens with a party at the home of wealthy society girl Janet Holman, played by Sally Blane, the girl whose eyes are filled with sadness through most of this movie.
Sally Blane's mother was on a train heading home when the stork called and the train made an emergency stop in Salida, Colorado, where Elizabeth Jane Young was born. As a teenager, her beauty was so stunning that movie director Wesley Ruggles signed her to a contract with Paramount Studios and she appeared in silent movie shorts under the stage name that the director picked for her, Sally Blane. She and her kid sister Loretta, also beautiful and talented . . . you might remember her . . . Loretta Young? . . . Anyway, Sally and Loretta were crowned the Wampas Baby Stars of 1929, as the two prettiest girls in the movies.

Sally married director Norman Foster and left motion pictures a few years after this movie was filmed. In this story, she is engaged to 'man about town' Allen, who wants to marry her . . . and play around with all the other girls in town at the same time. On this night after catching her man with the lipstick of her best friend on his face, he leaves the party for 'work' . . . a young girl called him and wants to see him and have some fun . . . this girl is the second girl I want to tell you about.

During World War II, several years after this movie was made, American boys fighting for freedom around the world took something with them that became famous and still remembered today. Some of the prettiest girls in America had glamour photos taken and mass produced and given to soldiers to 'pin up' on the wall to remind them of home. The most famous of these pin-up girls was Betty Grable, the Girl with the Million Dollar Legs, born Elizabeth Ruth Grable in 1916 . . . do the math . . . In the spring of 1932 when this movie was released she was 16 years old . . . in fact . . . when we first meet her she is supposed to be celebrating her 17th birthday . . . in reality her 16th birthday was during filming. So, Sally Blane's guy is going to visit jail-bait Betty Grable’s character on her 17th birthday and have some fun with the young girl, but our third lady steps in to stop the encounter.

Betty Grable's landlady, Mrs. Humphries, is played by Clara Kimball-Young, the third lady you should meet. Her parents were stage actors, and Clara Kimball was born while her parents were performing in Chicago . . . there are no birth records in Cook County for little Clara, so it is probable that she was born in the hotel room that her actor parents were staying in and the birth was never made known to the courts.

Clara went before an audience for the first time at the age of three, and was never far from the stage as she grew up. After marrying James Young, Clara Kimball-Young and her hubby were signed by the Vitagraph movie company around 1909 to become movie actors, and she performed in some of the earliest motion pictures ever made.

These three famous ladies dominate a great chick-flick romantic adventure that is classic romance and drama that might as easily be happening today instead of almost a hundred years ago. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Betty Grable
Betty Grable
Sally Blane
Sally Blane
Clara Kimball-Young
Clara Kimball-Young
Betty Grable
Betty Grable
Betty Grable at 16 years of age
Betty Grable at 16 years of age
Clara Kimball Young and Betty Grable
Clara Kimball Young and Betty Grable
Clara Kimball Young and John Darrow
Clara Kimball Young and John Darrow
Clara Kimball Young and John Darrow
Clara Kimball Young and John Darrow
David Rollins, Sally Blane and Eddie Phillips
David Rollins, Sally Blane and Eddie Phillips
Eddie Phillips
Harry Ritz
Eddie Phillips and J. Farrell MacDonald
Eddie Phillips and J. Farrell MacDonald
Eddie Phillips and Sally Blane
Eddie Phillips and Sally Blane
J. Farrell MacDonald
J. Farrell MacDonald
John Darrow
John Darrow
John Darrow and Betty Grable
John Darrow and Betty Grable
John Darrow, J. Farrell MacDonald and Sally Blane
John Darrow, J. Farrell MacDonald and Sally Blane
John Darrow and Sally Blane
John Darrow and Sally Blane
John Darrow, Sally Blane and J. Farrell MacDonald
John Darrow, Sally Blane and J. Farrell MacDonald
John Darrow pawns his watch
John Darrow pawns his watch
John Darrow and Sally Blane
John Darrow and Sally Blane
John Darrow
John Darrow
John Darrow
John Darrow
John Darrow meets Eddie Phillips
John Darrow meets Eddie Phillips
Sally Blane and John Darrow
Sally Blane and John Darrow
Matty Kemp and Sally Blane and John Darrow
Matty Kemp and Sally Blane and John Darrow
Sally Blane
Sally Blane
Sally Blane and David Rollins
Sally Blane and David Rollins
Sally Blane and J. Farrell MacDonald
Sally Blane and J. Farrell MacDonald
Sally Blane and John Darrow
Sally Blane and John Darrow
Sally Blane
Sally Blane
Sally Blane
Sally Blane
Sally Blane
Sally Blane