The Social Lion

The Social Lion is a 1930 American Pre-Code comedy film directed by A. Edward Sutherland and written by Octavus Roy Cohen, Joseph L. Mankiewicz and Agnes Brand Leahy, and starring Jack Oakie, Mary Brian, Richard "Skeets" Gallagher, Olive Borden, Charles Sellon, Cyril Ring and E. H. Calvert. It was released on June 21, 1930, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2]

The Social Lion
Theatrical release poster
Directed byA. Edward Sutherland
Screenplay byOctavus Roy Cohen
Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Agnes Brand Leahy
StarringJack Oakie
Mary Brian
Richard "Skeets" Gallagher
Olive Borden
Charles Sellon
Cyril Ring
E. H. Calvert
Music byHoward Jackson
CinematographyAllen G. Siegler
Edited byOtho Lovering
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • June 21, 1930 (1930-06-21)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited States


Marco Perkins (Oakie) is a garage mechanic and a would-be-prizefighter who gets a place on the ritzy country club's polo team because he is the town's most proficient mallet-wielder, having learned to play polo while serving in U.S. army. His hobnobbing with the town-elite and social upper-crust at the polo-matches gives him an inflated idea of his social position, and he decides he is moving on up. He breaks off with his girl-friend, true-blue Cynthia Brown (Brian), and hits on d├ębutante Gloria Staunton (Borden), who appears to have an interest in being hit upon. Gloria's interest lies mostly in showing marco that hired-hands who can play polo still aren't to the manor born.



  1. "The Social Lion". Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  2. "Movie Review-The Lady of Scandal - THE SCREEN; The Cheerful Dolt". Retrieved February 16, 2015.

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