"This picture was strictly for Billy Haines, I might as well have stayed home." - Joan Crawford
"The Duke Steps Out" 1929
Cast: William Haines, Joan Crawford (as Susie), Karl Dane, Tenen Holtz, Edward J. Nugent, Jack Roper, Delmer Daves, Luke Cosgrave,
Duke (William Haines) is a millionaires son, and a champion boxer. After seeing Susie (Joan) on a college campus, he decides
to further his education, and go back to school. Susie (Joan) finds Duke (William Haines) sweet and charming but his boxing
manager steps in to destroy the budding relationship by telling Susie (Joan) that he already has a girlfriend.
This was an early teaming of lifelong friends, William Haines and Joan Crawford. Haines was the star here, MGM's new golden
boy. "The Duke Steps Out" was prior to his falling out of acting due to the admission that he was gay and MGM's
disapproval of 'such behavior.' By 1930, after the release of this film, both William Haines and Joan Crawford were named
the number one male and female box-office stars.
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Harry Mines of the Los Angeles Daily News had this to say, "Haines, always a charming and breezy comedian, outdoes many
of his past efforts in this clever tale of a pugilist who falls for a college beauty. He scores tremendously in every sequence,
particularly in those with Joan Crawford. Miss Crawford is as gorgeous as ever, and offers a vivid performance."
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