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They Learned About Women (1930)

When Jack and Jerry are not playing professional baseball with the Blue Sox, they are packing them in on the Vaudeville circuit. Jack is engaged to Mary, but a gold digger named Daisy has ... See full summary »


Jack Conway, Sam Wood


Andrew Percival Younger (story) (as A.P. Younger), Sarah Y. Mason (scenario) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Joe Schenck Joe Schenck ... Jack
Gus Van Gus Van ... Jerry
Bessie Love ... Mary
Mary Doran ... Daisy
J.C. Nugent J.C. Nugent ... Stafford
Benny Rubin ... Sam
Tom Dugan ... Tim
Eddie Gribbon ... Brennan
Francis X. Bushman Jr. ... Haskins


When Jack and Jerry are not playing professional baseball with the Blue Sox, they are packing them in on the Vaudeville circuit. Jack is engaged to Mary, but a gold digger named Daisy has worked her way into his confidence. When Mary sees Jack and Daisy together, she leaves Jack and Jack marries Daisy the next day. When Daisy decides that she wants into the Vaudeville act, she has Jack dump both Jerry and his baseball contract. But Jack soon finds that - no act - means no money - means no Daisy. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Musical | Drama


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Release Date:

31 January 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Elas Sabem Seduzir See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


On the title page, Gus Van and Joe Schenck were billed as "Van and Schenck," but their full names were used for the complete cast list. See more »


Jerry Burke: Look at the fun you're havin'!
Jack: Oh, you call that fun? Playing Santa Claus to a lot of baby doll gold diggers.
Jerry Burke: Oh, Jack, now they're all good little girls - every one of 'em.
Jack: Oh, just an 18 carat sap. Any chump in the world would know what they're after.
Jerry Burke: You insinuating that I'm a Sugar Daddy?
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Alternate Versions

MGM also issued this movie in a silent version, with Alfred Block writing the titles. See more »


Edited into What Price Jazz (1934) See more »


He's That Kind of a Pal
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Performed by Gus Van and Joe Schenck (twice)
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Watchable As A Curiosity...
9 April 2009 | by xerses13See all my reviews

Early sound musical THEY LEARNED ABOUT WOMEN (1930) M.G.M. combines BaseBall with the dying performance art of Vaudeville. Throw in some rather poor musical numbers and a romance spoiled by a Gold-Digger and that about sums up the plot. For some this film will be offensive in it's dated ethnic comedy. They should realize that is not the problem, it is just bad even by early sound standards.

The cast features real Vaudeville performers (Gus) VAN & (Joe) SCHENCK and M.G.M. Star BESSIE LOVE. LOVEs' career was winding down and did not translate well too the sound era. VAN & SCHENCK must be one (1) of the reasons of what killed Vaudeville. This film shows why the Hollywood Musical lost popularity until revived by WARNER BROTHERS and BUSBY BERKERLY in 1933.

Fast forward now nineteen (19) years and M.G.M. releases TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALL GAME (1949). Nothing gets thrown away in Hollywood so this concept was dusted off, rewritten and given TechniColor and the M.G.M. star power of GENE KELLY, ESTHER WILLIAMS, FRANK SINATRA & BETTY GARRETT. BUSBY BERKERLY directed and this film has at least enjoyable 'Song & Dance' routines. Our rating IMDB******(6).

A interesting note, long term Character Actor, TOM DUGAN appeared in both films. In T.L.A.W. (1930) he played TIM 'Timmy' O'CONNOR, in T.M.O.T.T.B.G. (1949) it was 'Slappy' BURKE.

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