Saturday's Children (1929)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Run Time - 90 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Playwright Maxwell Anderson's domestic comedy drama Saturday's Children was adapted for the screen three times between 1929 and 1940, each time by Warner Bros. The first version, a part-talkie, starred Corinne Griffith and Grant Withers as youthful sweethearts Bobby Halevy and Jim O'Neill. A self-styled "ladies' man" with big plans for his financial future, Jim balks when Bobby suggests that they marry and settle down in their sleepy hometown. Eventually, Jim walks out on Bobby, whereupon our heroine resorts to "women's tricks" -- the selfsame stratagems that she's condemned all her life -- to win her sweetheart back. Despite the directorial dexterity of Gregory LaCava, not much could be done to hide the fact that Corinne Griffith's voice did not match her screen image. Incidentally, the "Charles Lane" who plays the heroine's plot-resolving father is not the same Charles Lane who later played Homer Bedloe on TV's Petticoat Junction.

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cunning, love, romance, tactics