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Love 'Em and Leave 'Em
Director: Frank Tuttle (Dir)
Release Date:   6 Dec 1926
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 4 Dec 1926
Duration (in mins):   62
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Cast:   Evelyn Brent (Mame Walsh)  
    Lawrence Gray (Bill Billingsley)  
    Louise Brooks (Janie Walsh)  
    Osgood Perkins (Lem Woodruff)  
    Jack Egan (Cartwright)  
    Marcia Harris (Miss Streeter)  
    Edward Garvey (Mr. Whinfer)  
    Vera Sisson (Mrs. Whinfer)  
    Joseph McClunn (August Whinfer)  
    Arthur Donaldson (Mr. McGonigle)  
    Elise Cabanna (Miss Gimple)  
    Dorothy Mathews (Minnie)  

Summary: While Mame Walsh is away on vacation, her younger sister, Janie, begins a flirtation with Mame's sweetheart, Bill Billingsley, who clerks in the same department store where they work. Mame stages a surprise party for Bill, at which she plans to accept his proposal, until she sees Janie secretly kissing him and announces she will adopt Janie's philosophy of "love 'em and leave 'em." She begins an obvious flirtation with Lem Woodruff, a petty crook and gambler. Janie, meanwhile, having dissipated the funds of the department store's welfare club in racetrack betting, tries to recover her losses with Lem's help. Miss Streeter, the club president, threatens to prosecute, and Janie places the blame on Mame. The store masquerade finds Janie dancing with doubt-torn Bill and flirting with manager McGonigle, thereby winning promotions for all; and Mame, retrieving the club funds from Lem, is reunited with Bill. 

Production Company: Famous Players-Lasky Corp.  
Distribution Company: Paramount Pictures Corp.  
Director: Frank Tuttle (Dir)
Producer: Adolph Zukor (Pres)
  Jesse L. Lasky (Pres)
  William Le Baron (Assoc prod)
Writer: Townsend Martin (Scr)
  Townsend Martin (Adpt)
Photography: George Webber (Dir of photog)
Country: United States
Language: English

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Source Text: Based on the play Love 'Em and Leave 'Em by John V. A. Weaver and George Abbott (New York, 3 Feb 1926).
Authors: George Abbott
  John V. A. Weaver

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Famous Players-Lasky Corp. 3/12/1926 dd/mm/yyyy LP23404

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Genre: Comedy-drama
 
Subjects (Major): Boardinghouses
  Clubs
  Department stores
  Embezzlement
  Flirts
  Gambling
  New York City
  Sisters

Note: According to her 2008 LAT obituary, Anita Page appeared in an uncredited role in this film. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
Film Daily   19 Dec 1926.   
New York Times   8 Dec 1926   p. 24.
Variety   8 Dec 1926   p. 17.

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