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Bare Knees
Director: Erle C. Kenton (Dir)
Release Date:   1 Feb 1928
Duration (in mins):   53
Duration (in feet):   5,268 or 5,800
Duration (in reels):   6
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Cast:   Virginia Lee Corbin (Billie [Durey])  
    Donald Keith (Larry [Cook])  
    Jane Winton (Jane [Longworth])  
    Johnnie Walker (Paul [Gladden])  
    Maude Fulton (Bessie)  
    Forrest Stanley (John [Longworth])  

Summary: Billie Durey, a flapper, arrives in Portersville, Virginia, to visit her married sister, Jane Longworth, the wife of the district attorney. She arrives in the middle of Jane's birthday party and causes a sensation with her bare knees, cigarettes, and other flapper accouterments. Larry Cook, an apprentice lawyer in Longworth's office, takes an immediate liking to Billie, seeing in her a kindred spirit. Billie wakes up the sleepy town by encouraging the girls' baseball team to don some new, zippy uniforms. Result: the men's team is so busy looking at the girls that they lose their own game. Billie soon discovers that Jane is having an affair with Paul Gladden, a friend of her husband's. She prevents Jane from eloping with Gladden and helps Longworth to realize that he has been neglecting his wife. Then, after having first refused Larry Cook's marriage proposal, she perceives his sterling worth when he rescues her from a burning roadhouse located on a pier, and she accepts him. 

Production Company: Lumas Film Corp.  
Distribution Company: Gotham Productions  
Director: Erle C. Kenton (Dir)
  Donn Diggins (Asst dir)
Producer: Sam Sax (Pres)
  Harold Shumate (Supv)
Writer: Adele Buffington (By)
  Harold Shumate (Scr)
  Casey Robinson (Titles)
Photography: James Diamond (Dir of photog)
Film Editor: Donn Hayes (Film ed)
Production Misc: Carrol Sax (Prod mgr)
Country: United States
Language: English

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number Passed By NBR:
Lumas Film Corp. 2/2/1928 dd/mm/yyyy LP24941 Yes

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Genre: Comedy-drama
 
Subjects (Major): District attorneys
  Fires
  Flappers
  Infidelity
  Lawyers
  Roadhouses
  Sisters
  Small town life
  Virginia

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   20 Jan 1928.   
Variety   25 Jan 1928   p. 13.

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