Girls Demand Excitement (1931)

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    • Girls Demand Excitement (1931)




      Plot Summary
      Peter Brooks is a hard-working, hard-up college student
      whose dislike of women attending college weakens
      under the amorous advances of spoiled socialite coed Joan Madison.

      Full Cast
      Virginia Cherrill ... Joan Madison
      John Wayne ... Peter Brooks
      Marguerite Churchill ... Miriam
      Edward J. Nugent ... Tommy
      Helen Jerome Eddy ... Gazella Perkins
      Terrance Ray ... Sheik Nevins
      Martha Sleeper ... Harriet Mundy
      William Janney ... Freddie
      Ralph Welles ... Simeon
      George Irving ... Mr. Madison
      Winter Hall ... The Dean
      Marion Byron ... Margery
      Ray Cooke ... Jimmie (uncredited)
      Carter Gibson ... Freshman (uncredited)
      Jerry Mandy ... Joe (uncredited)
      Addie McPhail ... Sue Street (uncredited)
      Emerson Treacy ... Bobby Cruikshank (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Harlan Thompson writer

      Charles G. Clarke

      John Wayne considered this his worst movie.

      Print in UCLA


      Filming Locations

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Girls Demand Excitement (1931)

      Girls Demand Excitement is a 1931 film starring
      Virginia Cherrill, John Wayne, and Marguerite Churchill.
      Wayne and Churchill had starred in the widescreen Western epic
      The Big Trail the previous year.
      The movie was written by Harlan Thompson and directed by Seymour Felix.

      User Review
      If you haven't seen it, don't bother!
      by bensonj (New York, NY)

      John Wayne is quoted as saying that this was his worst film, and is the Duke ever right! It should be titled "Girls Demand Their Money Back," because there's not an ounce of excitement or anything else. This is a totally inept film in every category, and features that deadly slow dialogue generally only found in films made a year or two earlier: "Say...(pause)'re not coming to pause)...are you?" Apparently the idea was to make a college sex farce, but there's absolutely no sex and no farce. Sample: Spinster psychology teacher tests kissing in class, using blood pressure meter. She tries it herself and her meter goes way up. Ha, ha. Then the gals challenge the guys to a basketball game. Apparently the idea was that they'd distract the guys with their costumes, but the costumes are so modest that I didn't catch the point until the end of the game. One can see the temptation to theatrically program a rare Wayne film that also stars Virginia Cherrill (and which was released the same week as her classic performance as the blind girl in CITY LIGHTS!), but this isn't just dull, it's just absolutely pathetic and incompetent in every way. It should only be shown in fan-boy living rooms.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Hi

      Seyour Felix was a choreographer who directed two pictures, one of which John Wayne was unfortunate enough to appear in. He later said that Girls Demand Excitement was the silliest picture he was ever in.

      The only good thing that came out of the picture was that he met and befriended actor Paul Fix who gave him many pointers on acting.


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    • Originally posted by erscolo@Dec 23 2005, 05:07 PM
      This is one of the fifty some films of John Wayne I do not have....there must be a copy floating around somewhere I am sure.


      If there is, no one seems to know about it. This Columbia picture, along with 'Three Girls Lost', are on the list of John Wayne films that appear lost forever.
    • Originally posted by falc04@Dec 24 2005, 11:25 AM
      If there is, no one seems to know about it.  This Columbia picture, along with 'Three Girls Lost', are on the list of John Wayne films that appear lost forever.

      I agree, that was my assumption too!!
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Re: Girls Demand Excitement (1931)

      Well, the UCLA Film and Television Archive claims to have a complete print of this film in their library. Here's what they have to say about it. If you look down towards the bottom, you will see that is says, "Reserved for preservation," so hopefully we will see this film in the future.

      ...: Girls demand excitement / Fox Film Corporation ; Wm. Fox
      presents ; Seymour Felix production ; associate
      producer, Ralph Block ; story, adaptation and dialogue
      by Harlan Thompson.
      United States : Fox Film Corporation, c1931.

      ...: The players: With John Wayne [Peter Brooks], Virginia
      Cherrill [Joan Madison], Marguerite Churchill [Miriam].
      Edward Nugent [Tommy]; Helen Jerome Eddy [Gazella
      Perkins]; Terrance Ray [Sheik Nevins]; Martha Sleeper
      [Harriet Mundy]; William Janney [Freddie]. [Ralph Welles
      (Simeon); George Irving (Mr. Madison); Winter Hall
      (Dean); Marion Byron (Margery); Emerson Treacy (Bobby
      Cruikshank); Addie McPhail (Sue Street); Jerry Mandy
      (Joe); Ray Cooke (Jimmie)].

      Credits: Photography, Charles Clarke; sound recorder, Eugene
      Grossman; settings, Jack Schulze; costumes, Sophie
      Wachner; film editor, Jack Murray.

      ...: College comedy; feature.
      Bracketed cast credits taken from xerox of studio records
      supplied by AFI cataloger.
      "Western Electric System."
      Playing time on release was 79 min., according to: Film
      daily yearbook, 1932.
      Copyright: Fox Film Corp.; 21Jan31; LP1943.
      "Passed by National Board of Review."

      Genre(s)/form(s): College films and programs.

      Credits heading(s):
      Fox, William, 1879-1952.
      Felix, Seymour, 1892-1961. direction
      Block, Ralph, 1889-1974. production
      Thompson, Harlan, b. 1890. writing
      Clarke, Charles Galloway, 1899- camera
      Grossman, Eugene, b. 1897. sound
      Schulze, Jack. production design
      Wachner, Sophie. production design
      Murray, Jack. editing
      Wayne, John, 1907-1979. cast
      Cherrill, Virginia, 1908- cast
      Churchill, Marguerite. cast
      Nugent, Edward, 1904- cast
      Eddy, Helen Jerome, 1897- cast
      Ray, Terrance, 1907-1978. cast
      Sleeper, Martha. cast
      Irving, George, 1874-1961. cast
      Byron, Marion, 1911- cast
      Fox Film Corporation.

      BBID (expression): 43959

      Location: Non-circulating Nitrate Vaults archival copy

      Inventory Number: M4048

      Collection: MP Motion Picture Collection

      Format: 7 reels of 7 (79 min.?) (ca. 7000 ft.) : opt sd., b&w ; 35
      mm. nitrate work print.

      Notes: Reserved for preservation; no use.
      Single system work print. NOTES: Studio print.
      Cataloging based on transcription done by AFI cataloger.

      HLDID (manifestation):


      UCLA Film and Television Archive

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    • Re: New Blu-ray Releases

      ethanedwards wrote:

      Here is the thread
      including the video clip

      And here is a link to the Girls Demand Excitement clips, which were edited together and a small bit of narration deleted. It's only 19 seconds.

      or, for Mac users or those who prefer Flash:

      I would love to see the entire film, missing reel or not.
    • Re: New Blu-ray Releases

      I should clarify that it's Three Girls Lost that has a missing reel, not Girls Demand Excitement.

      BTW, the closing credits for the documentary The Duke at Fox says that the film is "available to own from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment", along with Men Without Women. It's either a glaring mistake or something is in the works.
    • Re: Girls Demand Excitement (1931)

      I so want to see this JW movie !! ( Hey, I got through Jet Pilot, alive, so even it is bad, it can't be that bad, eh ??? ) Was searching around for info on it and found this poster.... kinda scary really......

      Dee x

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