90 Days of Oscar Nominees #50 – Bad Girl (1931)


In my attempt to have a more prolific repertoire of Oscar Nominated Films, I have taken it upon myself to watch 90 new Best Picture Nominees that I’ve never seen before between 5 Dec 2017 and The 90th Annual Oscars on 4 Mar 2018.

Here is my 50th review of the 90 chosen Films…

“But as Edna says, nobody knows whether a person’s good or bad but the person themselves. And they won’t tell.” – Dorothy

Number of Times Seen – 1 (22 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A woman not sure about whether she’ll ever fall in love happens to meet a man who thinks the same way.

My Take on it – This is another film that concerned me that it was nominated for Best Picture due solely to the fact that the title seemed a bit strange to me.

I was thankfully pleasantly surprised at how good this film was despite those thoughts.

What really struck me with this film is how timeless it seems.

The characters and situations all take place in the early 1930’s yet could easily take place in modern times nearly 90 years later.

Apparently single life hasn’t changed much in the last century and the added fact that if there is a breakdown of communication between a couple, it could conceivably lead to misunderstandings.

The script itself is quite clever and the dialogue was great between the characters.

The cast was chosen well and both James Dunn and Sally Eilers make this story seem quite realistic.

This film was nominated for 3 Oscars that year and went home with awards for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay and only lost its bid for Best Picture to Grand Hotel (1932).

Bottom Line – Very interesting premise that is quite timeless and allows us to see a story that could also happen nowadays when couples have a lack of proper communication between themselves.  The script is clever and the dialogue works really well. The cast is great with Dunn and Eilers doing fine jobs as the two leads. Won two of its three Oscar nominations (Director and Adapted Story) yet lost Best Picture that year to Grand Hotel (1932). Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The original Broadway production of “Bad Girl” by Brian Marlow and Viña Delmar opened at the Hudson Theater on October 2, 1930 and ran for 85 performances. The cast were lead by Paul Kelly as Eddie, Sylvia Sidney as Dorothy and Charlotte Wynters as Edna, as well as Sascha Beaumont, Angela Jacobs, Grace Morse, William Pawley and Walter Vaughn. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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