Wine, Women, and Song (1934)

Genres - Drama  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Once-prominent silent-film director Herbert Brenon attempted a talkie comeback with the low-budget Wine, Women and Song. Adapted by Leon D'Usseau from his own stage play, the film stars Lilyan Tashman as aging chorus girl Frankie Arnette, who'll do anything for publicity. Fiercely ambitious, Frankie even promises that if she is given a leading role in an upcoming Broadway musical, prominent producer Morgan Andrews (Lew Cody) will be allowed to enjoy the "attentions" of her own daughter Marilyn (Marjorie Moore). But Marilyn is in love with likeable Ray Joyce (Matty Kemp), and wants no part of her mother's intrigues. A bizarre murder-suicide, with a rare poison as the principal weapon, figures prominently in the climax of this tawdry backstage meller.

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killing, stage, backstage, behind-the-scenes, child, chorus-girl, marriage-arranged, owner, poison, stars [celebrities]