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|The Duke Steps Out|
|Directed by||James Cruze|
|Written by||Raymond L. Schrock|
Dale Van Every
Joseph Farnham (titles)
|Story by||Lucian Cary|
|Produced by||James Cruze|
|Cinematography||Ira H. Morgan|
|Edited by||George Hively|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
The Duke Steps Out is a 1929 American silent comedy-drama film directed by James Cruze and starring William Haines and Joan Crawford. The film is lost, but the Vitaphone sound discs track of music and sound effects survive in the UCLA Film and Television Archive.
Duke (Haines) a pampered millionaire's son, who longs to be a boxer, takes an interest in Susie (Crawford), a college coed, after he defends her from being bullied. Duke's interest in Susie leads him to enroll in the same school as Susie. After a misunderstanding between Duke and Susie, they realize they are meant to be together and are reunited.
- William Haines as Duke
- Joan Crawford as Susie
- Karl Dane as Barney, Duke's Chauffeur
- Tenen Holtz as Jake, Duke's Manager
- Edward Nugent as Tommy Wells
- Jack Roper as Poison Kerrigan
- Delmer Daves as Bossy Edwards
- Luke Cosgrave as Professor Widdicomb
- Herbert Prior as Mr. Corbin
- Gwen Lee (uncredited)
- Harold Lockwood (uncredited)
- Gertrude Messinger (uncredited)
- Marie Messinger (uncredited)
According to MGM records the film earned $714,000 in the US and Canada and $206,000 elsewhere, resulting in a profit of $343,000.
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