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(aka "100 Per Cent Pure" or "Born to Be Kissed" or "Eadie Was a Lady")

 

directed by Jack Conway
USA 1934

 

Originally titled Eadie was a Lady, this Jean Harlow vehicle was slated for release under the title Born to be Kissed, but the new Production Code vetoed this "suggestive" cognomen. After a brief and uncomfortable period as One Hundred Percent Pure, the film was finally shipped to theaters as The Girl From Missouri. Harlow plays Eadie, a sexy gold-digger who promises to remain chaste until she finds a wealthy husband. Travelling to New York in the company of her best friend Kitty (Patsy Kelly), Eadie manages to keep that promise, though for a while it looks as though she'll succumb to the charms of playboy T. R. Paige Jr. (Franchot Tone). Once Paige has proven that his intentions are basically honorable, Eadie must break down the resistance of T. R. Paige Sr. (Lionel Barrymore), who is dead-set against his son's romance and intends to frame the girl in a compromising position. She gets even with Paige Sr. by framing him, but there's still a couple of reels to go before the happy ending. Except for some provocative costuming, Jean Harlow's character is essentially decent, thereby "cleansing" some of the more risque elements of this enjoyable romantic comedy. The film's best line is delivered by Patsy Kelly who, when propositioned by an elderly roue, snarls "Look at this! Death takes a holiday!

Excerpt from MRQE located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 3 August 1934

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Jean Harlow: 100th Anniversary Collectio) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Also available in the Jean Harlow 100th Anniversary Collection (Bombshell / The Girl from Missouri / Reckless / Riffraff / Suzy / Personal Property / Saratoga)

Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:11:51
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.52 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Spanish Trailer (2:31)

DVD Release Date: October 25, 2011
7 Keepcases in a box

Chapters 23

 

Comments

REVIEW of The Jean Harlow 100th Anniversary Collection: For the centennial of Jean Harlow in 2011, Warner Archive Collection released this lavish 100th Anniversary Collection of 7 of her MGM films from 1933 until her untimely death in 1937, including her final film, Saratoga with Clark Gable. Three of the missing films were restored and released just a year later - The Secret Six, Red Dust and Hold Your Man. At this time, only 2 films starring Ms. Harlow are missing from digital format - Universal's Iron Man and Fox's Goldie. While not her best or most famous films, all seven titles in this collection are A-pictures from one of the best studios in Hollywood featuring strong support to Jean Harlow from her male leads - Lee Tracy, Franchot Tone, Lionel Barrymore, William Powell, Spencer Tracy, Cary Grant, Robert Taylor, Clark Gable. My favorites here are probably three earlier films that are also available separately - a lone pre-code in this collection Bombshell, The Girl from Missouri and Reckless, but four other films are enjoyable as well and we recommend picking up the whole collection rather than three titles separately - it's a better value.

All seven titles come in a separate keep case on a single-layered made-on-demand disc. 3 of the earliest titles mentioned above were also part of a new restoration. There is still some specs and excessive grain, but they are looking better than ever before on home video. The remaining four titles have their share of marks and specs; Suzy and Saratoga transfers look much softer. They surely show their age, but this is still a nice presentation considering age of the films and the quality of existing film elements. The mono audio is decent. Each film has some kind of added bonus - a Spanish-language trailers for Bombshell and The Girl from Missouri; theatrical trailers for Reckless, Riffraff, Personal Property and Saratoga; Lux Radio Theater Production of Madame Sans-Gene with Harlow and Robert Taylor on Personal Property disc; Radio promotion Leo Is on the Air for Reckless and Suzy; and finally four pre-recording sessions on the MGM stage from Reckless. The boxset also includes a collection of seven MGM publicity photos of Ms. Harlow. To learn more about Jean Harlow, we recommend a Dinner at Eight disc for a TCM documentary Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell (or to learn even less - a very 1960's disappointing biopic with Carol Baker - Harlow. Overall, this is highly recommended release from Warner Archives and would make a great gift for the holiday season.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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DVD Box Cover

CLICK to order from:

 

Also available in the Jean Harlow 100th Anniversary Collection (Bombshell / The Girl from Missouri / Reckless / Riffraff / Suzy / Personal Property / Saratoga)

Distribution

Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

 

 




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