WriterHarvey F. Thew, Adele Comandini, Frances Nordstrom, Vina Delmar Release dateJanuary 19, 1930 Music directorLeo F. Forbstein, Earl Sitar ScreenplayAdele Comandini, Harvey F. Thew, Humphrey Pearson, Frances Nordstrom CastAlice White (Sheba Miller), Chester Morris (Nickey Solomon), William Bakewell (Jack), Richard Carlyle (Pa Miller), Marion Byron (Maude), Maurice Black (Joe) Similar moviesAnt-Man, Mad Max: Fury Road, John Wick, The Rescuers Down Under, Taken 3, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
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Playing around 1930 pre code alice white chester morris
Playing Around is a 1930 American Pre-Code drama film with songs, starring Alice White, Chester Morris and William Bakewell. It was adapted from the story entitled Sheba, which was written by Viña Delmar. The film was produced and distributed by First National Pictures, a subsidiary of Warner Bros.
Alice white chester morris pre code playing around 1930
Alice White plays the part of a working class girl who dreams about living a life of luxury. Her father, Richard Carlyle, runs a cigar store while White works as a stenographer. William Bakewell, a soda jerker, is madly in love with White and has even asked her father for his consent to their marriage. Although Carlyle likes Bakewell and would like to see her daughter marry him, White refuses to consider marrying him on the wage he currently earns. One day, White convinces Bakewell to take her to a fancy exclusive nightclub. Once they arrive and are seated, Bakewell is shocked at the prices and suggests that they go elsewhere. This leads to an argument with White. As the couple is about to leave, an announcement is made for a leg contest and White decides to enter. She wins first place and is awarded her prize by Chester Morris, a gangster. Dazzled by his fancy clothes and car, White accepts his attentions and give Bakewell the air.
Eventually Morris asks White to go away with him. White naively thinks that he intends to marry her. Before they make their trip, Morris, who is low on cash, robs a cigar store and in the process shoots the man behind the counter. Without knowing it, he has shot White's father. As White and Morris are about to leave on their trip, they stop at her father's cigar store to say goodbye. As they approach they see police stationed around and Morris realizes what he has done. He convinces White to stay in the car while he checks out what happened. He talks a bit to the police and then tells White that her father is ok and that he now at the police station to help the police identify a thief. In reality, however White's father is at the hospital suffering from a gunshot wound that Morris gave him. Morris convinces White to continue on the trip with him and they drive to the train station. Bakewell, who suspects that Morris was behind the robbery, asks the police to help him entrap Morris. They manage to get Morris to unwittingly to confess to the crime before he has a chance to board the train. Morris is arrested and White's father recovers. White, chastened by the experience, agrees to marry Bakewell.
Alice White as Sheba Miller
Chester Morris as Nickey Solomon
William Bakewell as Jack
Richard Carlyle as Pa Miller
Marion Byron as Maude
Maurice Black as Joe
Lionel Belmore as Morgan
Shep Camp as Master of Ceremonies
Ann Brody as Mrs. Fennerbeck
"You Learn About Love Every Day" (Theme Song; Sung by Alice White and unidentified tenor.)
"You're My Captain Kidd"
"That's the Lowdown on the Lowdown"
Playing Around survives intact in the Turner Entertainment library. Also preserved in the Library of Congress collection.