Convention City

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Practically every member of the Warner Bros. stock company except Glenda Farrell shows up in the rowdy, raunchy pre-Code comedy Convention City. Joan Blondell plays Nancy Lorraine, an enterprising lass who is employed by a big-city hotel as a "hostess" for out-of-town conventioneers. She spends a great deal of the film in the company of small-town businessman George Ellerbe (Guy Kibbee), who goes to great lengths to avoid his nagging wife (Ruth Donnelly). Weaving in and out of the proceedings are inveterate practical jokers Goodwin (Frank McHugh) and Hotstetter (Hugh Herbert), who use the convention as an excuse for a three-day binge. The plot rears its ugly head when Nancy finds her affections torn between slick CEO T.R. Kent (Adolphe Menjou) and handsome young salesman Jerry Ford (Dick Powell). The New York Times described it as, "Not a dull foot. One of the few comedies that can truthfully be called positive entertainment." Unfortunately, there are no known surviving prints of Convention City, so it remains one of the era's many "lost films."


Joan Blondell
as Nancy Lorraine
Adolphe Menjou
as T.R. (Ted) Kent
Dick Powell
as Jerry Ford
Guy Kibbee
as George Ellerbe
Mary Astor
as Arlene Dale
Frank McHugh
as Will Goodwin
Patricia Ellis
as Claire Honeywell
Ruth Donnelly
as Mrs. Ellerbe
Hugh Herbert
as Hotstetter
Grant Mitchell
as J.B. Honeywell
Gordon Westcott
as Phil Lorraine
Huey White
as Bootlegger
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  • Consistently bawdy, frequently accurate, it represents the new film era of farce license. It has some hilarious moments and some surprisingly outspoken ones; its basic attitude is one of flippant and rowdy veracity.

    Jun 11, 2019 | Full Review…

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