Anita Page

A Career Chronicle and Biography


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About the Book

Anita Page (1910-2008) first captured attention near the end of the silent film era in such classics as While the City Sleeps (1928) with Lon Chaney, The Flying Fleet (1929) with Ramon Novarro, and her own favorite, Our Dancing Daughters (1928) with Joan Crawford. In a relatively short career, Page enjoyed critical acclaim. She appeared in the first full-sound movie to win Best Picture, The Broadway Melody (1929).

With a foreword by her close friend, actor Randal Malone, this reference work is the first to fully detail Page’s remarkable career, including a biography and a complete listing of all her films, along with her one stage appearance and her returns to the limelight in later years.

Entries provide complete production information, reviews and behind-the-scenes commentary. Dozens of photos and revealing anecdotes complete a portrait of a fascinating yet underappreciated performer.

About the Author(s)

<Allan R. Ellenberger, the author of numerous books about the cinema, has written for such publications as Classic Images and Films of the Golden Age. He lives in Hollywood, California.

Robert Murdoch Paton is a cinephile and collector currently working in cinema and projection. He lives in the United Kingdom.

Bibliographic Details

Allan R. Ellenberger and Robert Murdoch Paton
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 226
Bibliographic Info: 77 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7645-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4107-2
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Foreword by Randal Malone 1
Preface 3
Anita Page: “You Were Meant for Me” 7
The Films
A Kiss for Cinderella (1925) 73
Love ’Em and Leave ’Em (1926) 75
Beach Nuts (1927) 76
Telling the World (1928) 78
While the City Sleeps (1928) 83
Our Dancing Daughters (1928) 86
The Flying Fleet (1929) 93
The Broadway Melody (1929) 98
Speedway (1929) 106
Our Modern Maidens (1929) 109
The Hollywood Revue of 1929 (1929) 114
Navy Blues (1929) 118
Free and Easy (1930) 121
Caught Short (1930) 124
Our Blushing Brides (1930) 127
The Little Accident (1930) 130
War Nurse (1930) 134
Reducing (1931) 137
The Easiest Way (1931) 140
Gentleman’s Fate (1931) 146
Sidewalks of New York (1931) 149
Under Eighteen (1932) 152
Are You Listening? (1932) 154
Night Court (1932) 157
Skyscraper Souls (1932) 161
Prosperity (1932) 164
Jungle Bride (1933) 166
The Big Cage (1933) 169
Soldiers of the Storm (1933) 172
I Have Lived (1933) 174
Hitch Hike to Heaven (1936) 176
The Runaway (1961) 178
Sunset After Dark (1996) 180
Theater 185
Foreign Language Films 191
Shorts 193
Documentaries and Television 195
Video Films 197
Chapter Notes 199
Bibliography 209
Index 211

Book Reviews & Awards

“Fans of Anita Page will certainly want to snap this up, [and] the book will also appeal to followers of motion picture history in general, especially of the silent era.”—David C. Tucker, Gale Storm: A Biography and Career Record