The Duke Steps Out

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The Duke Steps Out
Theatrical poster
Directed by James Cruze
Produced by James Cruze
Written by Raymond L. Schrock
Dale Van Every
Joseph Farnham (titles)
Story by Lucian Cary
Starring William Haines
Joan Crawford
Karl Dane
Tenen Holtz
Cinematography Ira H. Morgan
Edited by George Hively
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • March 16, 1929 (1929-03-16)
Running time
62 minutes
Country United States
Language Silent (English intertitles)
Budget $218,000[1]
Box office $920,000[1]

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.[2][3]


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.


Box Office

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.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  2. ^ Arne Andersen's Lost Film Files; Metro/MGM
  3. ^ The Duke Steps Out at

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