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27 September 1930 (USA) See more »
An old man unethically provides an income for his two grandchildren. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Arliss ... Sylvanus Heythorp

Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Rosamond Larne
Harrington Reynolds ... Gilbert Farney
Reginald Sheffield ... Bob Pillin

Betty Lawford ... Phyllis Larne

Murray Kinnell ... Charles Ventnor

Ivan F. Simpson ... Joe Pillin (as Ivan Simpson)

Leon Janney ... Jock Larne

Ethel Griffies ... Adela Heythorp
Joan McLain ... Molly
Henry Morell ... Meller
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Erville Alderson ... Shareholder (uncredited)
Herbert Bunston ... Mr. Brownbee (uncredited)
H. Cooper ... Westgate - a Shareholder (uncredited)
Charles E. Evans ... Appleby - a Shareholder (uncredited)
Henrietta Goodwin ... Letty - Larne's Maid (uncredited)
C. Morgan ... Winkley (uncredited)
John Rogers ... Budgeon - a Shareholder (uncredited)
Larry Winton ... Clerk (uncredited)
Powell York ... Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred E. Green 
Writing credits
John Galsworthy (by)

Walter Anthony (screen adaptation) &
Maude T. Howell (screen adaptation)

Cinematography by
James Van Trees (photography)
Film Editing by
Owen Marks (edited by)
Costume Design by
Earl Luick (costumes)
Sound Department
C.A. Riggs .... sound (uncredited)
Music Department
Erno Rapee .... general musical director
Louis Silvers .... conductor: Vitaphone Orchestra
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as a Warner Bros.-Vitaphone Talking Picture)

Additional Details

85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Vitaphone)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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George Arliss is credited as "Mr. George Arliss" on the title page, but the "Mr." is dropped for the comprehensive cast list.See more »


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Master Thespian, 1 March 2017
Author: GManfred from Ramsey, NJ

I'm sure George Arliss would approve of my heading, because that's what he was - a distinguished star of the London stage before coming to Hollywood. In fact, in this picture he is listed as MR. George Arliss. I think only Paul Muni was referred to as MR for a time.

There is no question who the star of the picture is. The camera favors him with countless close-ups and fixes upon his every movement, and in return he uses every acting trick he can summon and he is delightful. He tends toward ham every so often and it's a treat to watch. Here he is an old bank president 'on his last legs', as several creditors try to pry him from his job. The movie's title is his nickname among his colleagues.

The role is well within his capability and plays like a filmed stage play as there is not much camera movement, due probably to primitive 30's camera technique combining with sound. There are also no exterior shots and takes place strictly on a soundstage. I recommend it because it is fascinating to watch a master thespian at work, although it may not be as good as some. Disraeli (1929) and Cardinal Richelieu (1935) are better.

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