Fast and Loose

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Previously filmed in 1925, Avery Hopwood's stage play The Best People was refashioned by Preston Sturges as the Miriam Hopkins vehicle Fast and Loose in 1930. Hopkins (in her film debut) and Henry Wadsworth are cast as Marion and Bertie Lenox, the footloose, prodigal offspring of wealthy, social-climbing Bronson and Carrie Lenox (Frank Morgan and Winifred Harris). The parents are shocked beyond belief when daughter Marion falls in love with low-born car mechanic Henry Morgan (Charles Starrett), while Bertie becomes enamored of down-to-earth showgirl Alice O'Neil (Carole Lombard). But mom and dad change their minds when it turns out the Henry and Alice have more common sense than either of their grown-up kids. This was the film in which Paramount contract starlet Carol Lombard changed the spelling of her first name to "Carole" -- or, rather, it was changed for her by a careless title-writer.


Miriam Hopkins
as Marion Lenox
Charles Starrett
as Henry Morgan
Carole Lombard
as Alice O'Neil
Frank Morgan
as Bronson Lenox
Henry Wadsworth
as Bertie Lenox
Winifred Harris
as Carrie Lenox
Herbert Yost
as George Grafton
David Hutcheson
as Lord Rockingham
Ilka Chase
as Millie Montgomery
Herschel Mayall
as Judge Summers
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