This weekend here in the Prozac Nation we are about to celebrate National Hate Heterosexuals Day (formerly known as St. Valentines Day). The Rainbow Flags are out; women buying dinner for their jobless thug boyfriends; and the annual singles-shaming is being blasted all throughout the Corporate Media.
In the days before Feminists and Red Pills dominated the gender-relations discourse, men and women actually didn't hate one another and popular culture reflected the lengths both genders would go to in winning the significant other of their dreams. Heterosexuality wasn't something to be ashamed of; and considered quite natural.
Our features here focus primarily on positive depictions of masculinity, which is especially depreciated in our culture. Thus the film genre of romantic comedies tend to fall outside of our typical venues; but searching through our archives we found one that had a big appeal for male audiences when it was released---although we had to go clear back to pre-code early talking films to do it. Our feature this week is from 1929 and titled The Wild Party.
The Wild Party is so politically-incorrect by today's sex-negative and gender-neutral standards that modern Hollywood wouldn't touch a script like this with a ten-foot pole. The plot is this: Stella Ames (played by the beautiful Clara Bow) is a student at a girls' school. At the beginning of the semester, she and her classmates spend the time going to sorority parties and fantasizing about whether their new professors will be marriage-material or not. Stella gets into an embarrassing situation at a party and is rescued by the handsome new philosophy professor, Dr. James Gilmore (played by Frederic March).
Stella proves her innocence and that she was protecting another girl, but the interaction between her and Gilmore soon becomes romantic. The two decide to get married, and it's a race against the clock to reach the wedding before a scandal plotted by Stella's jealous classmates bears its fruit.
Gilmore is a hero who does more fighting with his wits than his fists, but he shows he's capable of decisive action and sacrifice on Stella's behalf more than once. There are some really memorable lines in this film. One favorite is when Gilmore scolds Stella for what she did at the party and she pouts and accuses him of hating her. "Hate you?" Gilmore replies. "How can I hate you when I would have killed for you?"
Good food for thought for all those women of the-nice-guys-aren't-really-nice way of thinking. Another good one comes when Stella tells Gilmore that she's discovered the plot against them, written by one of her jealous classmates. Stella doesn't know what's in the letter, but Gilmore shakes his head and says, "There's no telling what kind of lurid fantasies a sexually-repressed mind like hers can dream up."
Did we mention that The Wild Party is politically-incorrect? Oh yes...
Being a pre-code film, too, we're certain that many single men will enjoy the frequent scenes of the voluptuous Miss Bow displaying her considerable assets in tasteful lingerie.
The film's title is a good indication of how one feels after watching it. It's a wild ride, and a lot of good, clean fun. Part of its appeal to men was that it was a very gender-balanced film for a romantic comedy in that the male character's perspectives, feelings, and actions played a more prominent role than films of this type generally do. It's not a dirty, Fifty Shades type of fantasy, but more like a Jazz-Age version of the damsel-in-distress meeting her long-sought prince.
Overall, The Wild Party is some good brain-bleach for those singles bombarded with negativity this Valentine's Day, and probably a fun movie for couples as well. It's unique in that both genders can really enjoy it. The Wild Party is available on Youtube as of this writing and available on DVD as well.