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INTRODUCTION:
Love 'Em and Leave 'Em is a fast-paced comedy drama of "good" and "bad" sisters who have jobs and a common boyfriend in a department store. The film still exists, and may be seen on video.


CAST:
Evelyn Brent .... Mame Walsh (imdb)
Lawrence Gray.... Bill Billingsley (imdb)
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 Cavanna .... Miss Gimple
Dorothy Mathews .... Minnie

CREDITS:
Studio: Famous-Players Lasky
Director: Frank Tuttle (imdb)
Writing Credits: Screenplay by Townsend Martin, adapted from the stage play by John V.A. Weaver and George Abbott
Format: Silent - black & white
Cinematography: George Webber
Production dates: January 3 through 29, 1926
Running Time: 7 reels
Release Date: March 19, 1926 (United States); September 5, 1927 (England)
Country of Origin: United States

Alternate Titles:   Amalos y dejalos (Argentina); Se corrió una fija (Argentina); Amal-as e deixal-as (Brazil); Láska 'em a odejít 'em (Czechoslovkia); Le galant etalagiste (France); ˇAmalos & y déjalos! (Spain)

STORY SYNOPSIS: (contains spoilers)
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 fund 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 Jamie 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 Mamie, retrieving the club funds from Lem, is reunited with Bill.

 

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