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The Idle Rich (1929)

Passed  |   |  Comedy  |  15 June 1929 (USA)
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Millionaire William van Luyn falls in love with his secretary Joan Thayer and marries her. Her family, part of "the great middle class" (as blowhard nephew Henry keeps reminding us), is ... See full summary »

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Helen Thayer
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Joan Thayer
Robert Ober ...
Henry Thayer
James Neill ...
Mr. Thayer
Edythe Chapman ...
Mrs. Thayer
Paul Kruger ...
Tom Gibney
Kenneth Gibson ...
Frank Thayer
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Millionaire William van Luyn falls in love with his secretary Joan Thayer and marries her. Her family, part of "the great middle class" (as blowhard nephew Henry keeps reminding us), is happy for Joan, but reluctant to take charity from Will. He moves in with them, and they keep resisting, until one day he takes drastic action. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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This was an adaptation of a Broadway play titled "White Collars" by Edith Ellis. The original stage production opened at the Cort Theatre in New York on Feb. 23, 1925 and ran for 104 performances. There was a later film adaptation called Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938) starring Robert Young, Lew Ayres, Ruth Hussey and Lana Turner. See more »

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One of the finest of MGM's early talkies
17 June 2003 | by (Boulder, Colorado) – See all my reviews

William DeMille, brother of Cecil, directed one of the finest of MGM's early talkies. Conrad Nagel plays a millionaire who marries his secretary and then sets out to change her middle-class family's bias against the upper class.

Although the film - based on a play - is confined to mainly one set, it never appears stagy, thanks to a good variety of camera setups and seamless editing. And the cast is uniformly excellent, with Nagel again proving why he was one of the most in-demand actors of the early talkies, with his strong speaking voice. The recorded sound is also very clear.

As far as I know, TCM has shown this gem only once, but it's high time they make it available again


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