The Naughty Flirt


The Naughty Flirt

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The fact that The Naughty Flirt was advertised as having a 78-minute running time but was released at 57 minutes is indication enough that the picture didn't test well with preview audiences. Alice White does her usual as Kay Elliot, a footloose heiress who spends most of her time in night court trying to explain her latest madcap escapade. Kay is in love with white-collar businessman Alan Ward (Paul Page), but he'll have nothing to do with her until she changes her ways. She tries to please him by working as his secretary, but to no avail. In desperation, she agrees to marry fortune-hunting Jack Gregory (Douglas Gilmore), who has been put up to his proposal by his mercenary sister Linda (Myrna Loy, once again far better than her material). Just as Kay is about to take her vows at the altar, she realizes she's still in love with Alan, who has likewise come to his senses. According to some sources, Bela Lugosi played a small role in Naughty Flirt, though he's nowhere to be found in the currently available prints. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Alice White
as Katherine Elliott
Paul Page
as Alan Joseph Ward
Myrna Loy
as Linda Gregory
Robert Agnew
as Wilbur Fairchild
George Irving
as John R. Elliot
Douglas Gilmore
as Jack Gregory

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  • Aug 17, 2018
    What a delightful little bit of pre-Code confectionery this is. Alice White is simply adorable, there are lots of playful moments, and Myrna Loy schemes in a supporting role. White plays the wild child of a rich lawyer, partying late and having romances with a lot of different men. When she's on the verge of marrying one of them on the spur of the moment, he has one of his employees (Paul Page) get her out of there. The two of them hit it off, but face challenges in not only her playgirl past, but also in a brother/sister duo (Douglas Gilmore and Myrna Loy) plotting to have Gilmore marry her for her money. The innuendo in this film is pretty innocent, but as in other pre-Code films, I like the acknowledgement of women's sexuality. That has an honesty about that, even if it was also meant to sell tickets. The plot is simple and the run-time is a brisk 56 minutes, but to me that was a good thing. The flapper scenes - being hauled in by the police after a late night party, with playful defiance of authority in the dialogue - were entertaining. The party scenes - the 'Cinderella dance', and then later dancing the night away to forget heartache - were as well. The clothing, hats, and cars are all beautiful. It's White's movie, but the scene where Loy hatches a scheme to get Page up into her room and into a compromising position is a good one. In a scene that may define whether you'll like or dislike this movie, White gets a spanking from Page when he discovers she'd made a bet that she could get him to go home with her before midnight, and that she has a history of doing that kind of thing. I found it an amusing little window into the period as the tone was light, then literally laughed out loud at the intertitle which followed, which said "A good old fashioned spanking was the turning point in the life of an ultra-modern girl." However, if that sort of thing is likely to bother you, I'd recommend skipping this film. On the other hand, if you like Alice White, or pre-Code silliness in general, you'll probably like it enough to warrant spending an hour.
    Antonius B Super Reviewer

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