Show Girl was based on a novel by J.P. McEvoy, which also inspired the long-running comic strip Dixie Dugan (Actress Louise Brooks was the model for Dixie, at least so far as the character's distinctive hairdo was concerned). Alice White and Gwen Lee star as Dixie and Nita, stagestruck daughters of Pa and Ma Dugan (James Finlayson and Kate Price). Nita gets over her stage fever early on, but Dixie is lucky enough to meet reporter Jimmy Doyle (Charles Delaney), who helps her get a chorus part on Broadway. Jimmy comes to regret his generosity when he nearly loses Dixie to man-about-town Alvarez Romero (Donald Reed). An abundance of laughs are provided by the Scotch-Irish tomfoolery of James Finlayson and Kate Price, while additional ethnic humor is provided by Hugh Roman and Bernard Randall as Jewish producers Eppus and Kibbitzer. Filmed silent, but released with a music and sound-effects track, Show Girl was followed in 1930 by an all-talkie sequel, Show Girl in Hollywood.
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