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Tom Ward is just back from College and the only thing that he seemed to learn is how to be obnoxious and loud. He forgoes a bank job to work at Sutton and Company just to make time with Mary, McAndrews' fiancée. Mary warms to Tom, but his work is such that his job is history. After losing his father, it is up to Tom to support and care for his family. His attitude towards work changes, but not his attitude towards Mary. Written by
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One-Scene Dressler saves extremely poor early talkie comedy
I couldn't believe how bad this film was - one of the worst of the early talkies and I've seen quite a few. It was dull, unfunny, statically photographed, amateurishly edited, stage bound, and abusive. The sound was very badly mixed - crowd scene noises drowned out the principal speakers in many scenes. MGM was obviously trying to find its way in the talkie world.
I have seen Haines in BROWN OF HARVARD and SHOW PEOPLE, so this is my first Haines talkie. I found him very untalented, both comedically and dramatically - his character was so obnoxious that I wanted him shot and buried about twenty minutes into the film and felt that way for the rest. With one exception no one else in the case, including Polly Moran, was a standout. That one exception was Marie Dressler.
In a ten minute sequence beginning one hour and eight minutes into the 92 minute film, she plays a rich woman (Hettie Brown - a slimly veiled reference to Hetty Green- the Witch of Wall Street and wealthiest woman in the world at the time). Haines trying to make good as a bond salesman approaches her in the guise of a doctor and administers alcohol. She immediately gets drunk and well, you have to see and hear it to believe it - an absolute gem of a scene.
Dressler's supporting work here and in ANNA Christie that same year revealed her comedic/dramatic range and put her on the MGM map. Although she and Moran did not share any scenes in this film, the pair went on to co-star in a number of very funny MGM comedies in the early thirties.
See this only for the ten minute Haines and Dressler sequence. It's a howl.
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