Tanned Legs

Tanned Legs is a 1929 American Pre-Code musical comedy directed by Marshall Neilan and written by Thomas J. Geraghty based on a story by Louis Sarecky. The film starred Ann Pennington, Arthur Lake, June Clyde, Dorothy Revier, Sally Blane and Albert Gran. In its first year of operations, RKO attempted to take advantage of musicals as much as possible, and so the music of Oscar Levant and Sidney Clare was awkwardly inserted into this simple comedy script.[3]

Tanned Legs
Film Poster for Tanned Legs
Directed byMarshall Neilan[1]
Produced byLouis Sarecky[1]
Screenplay byThomas J. Geraghty[2]
Story byLouis Sarecky [2]
StarringAnn Pennington
Arthur Lake
June Clyde
Dorothy Revier
Sally Blane
Albert Gran[1][3]
Music byOscar Levant
Sidney Clare[1][3]
CinematographyLeo Tover
Edited byArchie Marshek[1]
Distributed byRadio Pictures – later RKO Pictures
Release date
  • November 10, 1929 (1929-11-10) (US)[4]
Running time
71 minutes (66 minutes-TCM print)[2]
CountryUnited States[2]


Peggy is the daughter of Mr. Reynolds and his wife Sophie. Although married, both of the elder Reynolds are having romantic interludes with younger people, Mrs. Lyons-King and Roger Fleming, respectively. In addition, Peggy's sister, Janet, is infatuated with Clinton Darrow, a ne'er-do-well, who is only interested in the Reynolds' money, not in Janet. Peggy is in the only normal relationship, with her boyfriend, Bill.

While at a seaside resort, Peggy attempts to get all of her family members back in line. However, things become convoluted as Mr. Reynolds is about to buy some useless shares of stock, having been convinced by Lyons-King, as Darrow begins to blackmail Janet due to some rather juicy letters she had sent to him. When Janet sneaks into Darrow's room, attempting to retrieve her letters, she is seen by her sister and Bill, who think she is sneaking in for other reasons. Janet is unsuccessful in her attempt to procure the incriminating letters.

As Darrow steps up his blackmail threats, Janet can see no way out, so decides to kill him instead. However, during the attempted assassination, she mistakenly wounds Peggy, rather than her intended target. Bill, meanwhile has become fed up with all of the antics going on and is sundered from Peggy.

Through a twisted process during a fake robbery, a friend of Peggy's, Roger Fleming, and his girlfriend, Tootie, obtain the letters from Darrow, thus ending the blackmail attempt. Peggy manages to straighten out both of her parents, and by the end of the film is reconciled with Bill.



  • "With You, With Me" – Oscar Levant and Sidney Clare – Sung by June Clyde and Arthur Lake. Reprised by Allen Kearns.
  • "Come in the Water, the Water Is Fine" – Oscar Levant and Sidney Clare – Sung by June Clyde.
  • "You're Responsible" – Oscar Levant and Sidney Clare – Sung by Ann Pennington and Allen Kearns.
  • "Tanned Legs" – Oscar Levant and Sidney Clare – Sung by Ann Pennington. Reprised by June Clyde.


  1. "Tanned Legs: Full Credits". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  2. "Tanned Legs". Theiapolis.com. Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  3. Jewell, Richard B.; Harbin, Vernon (1982). The RKO Story. New York: Arlington House. p. 23. ISBN 0-517-546566.
  4. "Tanned Legs: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 3, 2014.

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