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Director: King Vidor
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Three elderly bachelors adopt a girl who's the daughter of the woman they were in love with in their youth.

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John and Tilly's happy marriage is ruined when Tilly's father finds out about the scandalous past of John's mother. John, unaware of his father-in-law's meddling, thinks Tilly has left him,... See full summary »

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The adventures of a young shopgirl who learns that having money is not the key to happiness.

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A working-class woman is willing to do whatever it takes to give her daughter a socially promising future.

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A group of down-on-their-luck workers combine their abilities to make a Gallafentian-style commune... and bread!

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Rosa Moline is bored with life in a small town. She loves Chicago industrialist Neil Latimer who has a hunting lodge nearby. Rosa squeezes her husband's patients to pay their bills so she ... See full summary »

Director: King Vidor
Stars: Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian
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Director: King Vidor
Stars: Florence Vidor, Lillian Leighton, William De Vaull
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Beverly Tucker
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The Family's Shame
2 June 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

The Tucker family has fallen on hard times and is down to their dilapidated home, their last dollar and the last chicken in the yard, when home comes their last hope: Roscoe Karns, who takes the last dollar to pay the cab fare, eats the chicken and gets a job running a roulette wheel at the local dance hall.

King Vidor's movies always told their stories in strong visual terms, and the cinematography by Ira Morgan in this work is beautiful and compelling: Florence Vidor is, unsurprisingly, shot lovingly in closeup. However, Mr. Vidor also had a strong streak of melodrama verging on bathos and that is also in evidence here: Roscoe Karns' exit from the courtroom near the end is ludicrous.

Also worthy of a little mockery is the performance by Charles Meredith as the juvenile. With his Harold Lloyd glasses, imposing physique, movie job as a reporter and passive manner, he suggests Clark Kent. Furthermore, although he is supposed to be in love with Florence Vidor, he seems to spend most of his time gazing at Roscoe Karns, and shows a most peculiar agitation when it appears that Karns will be hanged for murder.

Well, even Jove nods and you need to see Vidor's excesses to appreciate how sometimes they can work brilliantly. Certainly the movie is beautiful and while I cannot recommend the story, the pictures are worth the price of admission.


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