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Dynamite (1929)

Passed | | Drama | 13 December 1929 (USA)
Wealthy Cynthia is in love with not-so-wealthy Roger, who is married to Marcia. The threesome is terribly modern about the situation, and Marcia will gladly divorce Roger if Cynthia agrees ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cynthia Crothers
Hagon Derk
Marcia Towne
Marco - Her Boy Friend
Muriel McCormac ...
Katie Derk
Wise Fool
William Holden ...
Wise Fool
Henry Stockbridge ...
Wise Fool
Young 'Vulture'
Barton Hepburn ...
Young 'Vulture'
Tyler Brooke ...
The Life of the Party
Robert T. Haines ...
The Judge
Douglas Scott ...
Bobby (as Douglas Frazer Scott)
Jane Keckley ...
His Mother


Wealthy Cynthia is in love with not-so-wealthy Roger, who is married to Marcia. The threesome is terribly modern about the situation, and Marcia will gladly divorce Roger if Cynthia agrees to a financial settlement. But Cynthia's wealth is in jeopardy because her trust fund will expire if she is not married by a certain date. To satisfy that condition, Cynthia arranges to marry Hagon Derk, who is condemned to die for a crime he didn't commit. She pays him so he can provide for his little sister. But at the last minute, Derk is freed when the true criminal is discovered. Expecting to be a rich widow, Cynthia finds herself married to a man she doesn't know and doesn't want to. Written by Ron Kerrigan

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She Denied Him Her Love, So He Took It! She Stole His Name, Tricked Him, Humbled Him and - in the end - Worshipped Him!




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Release Date:

13 December 1929 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dynamit  »

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Technical Specs


| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


Cecil B. DeMille asked playwright John Howard Lawson to write the screenplay, but Lawson did not receive screen credit. Angered, Lawson returned to New York and became part of the Group Theater. He said, "We were determined we would not to return to Hollywood." See more »


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The Wedding March
(1843) (uncredited)
from "A Midsummer Night's Dream, Op.61"
Written by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played on piano at the party when guests learn of Cynthia's wedding
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Great first "talkie"
8 April 2004 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

DeMille works wonders with his first "talkie," avoiding the complications most directors encountered during this transition period. The cinematography, sound and set design are excellent, and the acting toned down the over-dramatization that most early "sound" films wallowed in. Just view DeMille's "King of Kings," directed two years earlier, to witness the advancements being made in film at the time. From the elaborate Deco rooms, to a shanty neighborhood and mine shaft, DeMille puts on quite a show. My only complaint would be the opening courtroom scene, which definitely does NOT set the scene for the rest of the movie. I wonder if those "aero wheels" were indeed a trend in Europe at the time; obviously, the sport didn't catch on.

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