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Fast and Loose (1930 film)

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Fast and Loose
Theatrical poster
Directed byFred C. Newmeyer
Written byPlay:
David Gray
Avery Hopwood
Screen story:
Doris Anderson
Jack Kirkland
Preston Sturges
StarringMiriam Hopkins
Carole Lombard
Frank Morgan
CinematographyWilliam O. Steiner
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
November 8, 1930
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States

Fast and Loose is a 1930 American pre-Code romantic comedy film directed by Fred C. Newmeyer and starring Miriam Hopkins, Carole Lombard and Frank Morgan. The film was written by Doris Anderson, Jack Kirkland and Preston Sturges, based on the 1924 play The Best People by David Gray and Avery Hopwood.[1][2][3] Fast and Loose was released by Paramount Pictures.

Other films or TV series with identical or similar titles, such as the 1939 MGM detective comedy starring Robert Montgomery and Rosalind Russell, are not related to this film.

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The Lenox family of Long Island, headed by Bronson (Frank Morgan) and Carrie (Winifred Harris), is wealthy and respectful of tradition, but their children Bertie (Henry Wadsworth) and Marion (Miriam Hopkins) are more irreverent. When Bertie gets involved with a chorus girl, Alice O'Neil (Carole Lombard), and Marion falls in love with Henry Morgan (Charles Starrett), an auto mechanic, the family tries to intervene to prevent their children from marrying beneath themselves.[2][4]


A typographical error in the title cards for this film credited starlet Carol Lombard as Carole Lombard, a name she kept for the remainder of her career.[2]


David Gray and Avery Hopwood's play, The Best People, opened on Broadway on August 19, 1924 and ran for 142 performances.[5] (It was later revived in 1933 when it ran for a more modest 67 performances.)[6] Hopwood was a prolific and successful playwright, many of whose plays were adapted into films – his 1919 play The Gold Diggers provided the template for the Warner Bros. series of movie musicals.

The Best People was made into a silent film in 1925, The Best People,[7] before Paramount had it refashioned into a vehicle for Miriam Hopkins, an established Broadway star[8] who had just signed with the studio after making the short subject The Home Girl for them in 1928.[9] Fast and Loose was her second film appearance.

Fast and Loose was also Preston Sturges' second Hollywood assignment, after The Big Pond (and its French-language version La grande mare). Carole Lombard, on the other hand, had appeared in over 40 films by the time Fast and Loose was released, all as "Carol Lombard."[10]


  1. ^ ​The Best People​ at the Internet Broadway Database
  2. ^ a b c Erickson, Hal Plot synopsis (Allmovie)
  3. ^ TCM Screenplay info
  4. ^ TCM Full synopsis
  5. ^ "The Best People (1924 production)". Internet Broadway Database.
  6. ^ "The Best People (1933 production)". Internet Broadway Database.
  7. ^ "The Best People (1925 film)". Internet Movie Database.
  8. ^ "Miriam Hopkins". Internet Broadway Database.
  9. ^ "Mirian Hopkins". Internet Movie Database.
  10. ^ "Carole Lombard". Internet Movie Database.

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