Pre Code Hollywood Season: FD Cinematheque
Safety In Numbers (1930)
Director: Victor Schertzinger
Cast: Charles Buddy Rogers, Kathryn Crawford, Josephine Dunn, Carole Lombard, Roscoe Karns, Richard Tucker, Francis McDonald, Raoul Paoli, Virginia Bruce, Tom London
Safety in Numbers is a 1930 American Pre-Code musical comedy film. Directed by Victor Schertzinger, it stars Buddy Rogers, and features Kathryn Crawford, Josephine Dunn, and Carole Lombard (in one of her early roles).
William Butler Reynolds, a 20-year-old San Franciscan with a penchant for dancing and song-writing, is about to inherit a sizable fortune.
His guardian uncle decides to send him to New York to be educated in the “ways of the world” by three lady friends–Jacqueline, Maxine, and Pauline, Follies girls, who agree not to vamp him though he falls for Jacqueline and is jealous of her admirer, Phil Kempton.
Bill’s inept attempt to promote a song with a producer results in the firing of all three girls; and when Jacqueline then resists his advances, he picks up Alma, a telephone operator, and becomes attentive to Cleo, a Follies vamp, but the girls save him from her wiles. Luckily, the producer accepts the song and rehires the girls; Jacqueline, realizing the sincerity of the boy’s love for her, embarks for Europe with Phil; but Phil realizes the appropriateness of the match and sees to it that the lovers are united.
- Buddy Rogers as William Butler Reynolds
- Kathryn Crawford as Jacqueline
- Josephine Dunn as Maxine
- Carole Lombard as Pauline
- Roscoe Karns as Bertram Shapiro
- Richard Tucker as F. Carstair Reynolds
- Francis McDonald as Phil Kemptom
- Raoul Paoli as Jules
- Virginia Bruce as Alma McGregor
- Geneva Mitchell as Cleo Carewe
- Louise Beavers as Messalina
- Lawrence Grant as Commander Brinker (uncredited)
- Tom London as Motorist (uncredited)
- Russ Powell as Doorman (uncredited)
- Charles Sullivan as Taxicab Driver (uncredited)
The reviewer for the Motion Picture Herald wrote, “Here’s that rare combination of intelligent direction, brilliant dialogue, and rich humor. The result is a picture that is entertainment plus.” Mordaunt Hall of The New York Times was less enthusiastic, but praised the musical numbers.
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