Review: ‘Page Miss Glory’

Same deficiency as in the play [by Joseph Schrank and Philip Dunning] occurs - the obvious. The farcical situations telegraph each ensuing denouement yards ahead. But the same fast and furious tempo, as in the play, does much to offset this fault. It's really a comedy Cinderella theme.

Same deficiency as in the play [by Joseph Schrank and Philip Dunning] occurs – the obvious. The farcical situations telegraph each ensuing denouement yards ahead. But the same fast and furious tempo, as in the play, does much to offset this fault. It’s really a comedy Cinderella theme.

Marion Davies is the hotel chambermaid who is catapulted into being ‘Down Glory’, the mythical non-existent, composite beauty who cops a contest. Pat O’Brien and Frank McHugh are the broken-down promoters (slang for chiselers, although harmless guys in the main) who engineer the photographic compo girl into a $2,500 cash prize and a flock of offers.

When besieged by commercial sponsors for endorsements and newspapermen for interviews, Davies unconsciously walks from the metamorphosis from the femme de chambre into the No. 1 US beaut. The farcical complications pile on with O’Brien (Chick Wiley) extricating himself ingeniously with each turn.

Davies does well by her generous comedy opportunities. Dick Powell, as a goofy stunt flyer, is well nigh wasted, virtually dragged in for his ‘Page Miss Glory’ title song [by Harry Warren and Al Dubin] duet with the star.

Page Miss Glory

Production

Cosmopolitan/Warner. Director Mervyn LeRoy; Producer Robert Lord; Screenplay Delmer Daves, Robert Lord; Camera George Folsey; Editor William Clemens; Music Leo F. Forbstein (dir.); Art Director Robert Haas

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1935. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Marion Davies Pat O'Brien Dick Powell Mary Astor Frank McHugh Patsy Kelly
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