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Release Date:
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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Providing, 19 May 2016
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

62 year old George Arliss is aged some 20 years to play an aged shipping tycoon who's now deeply in debt in Old English. I found it ironic that Arliss who did this on Broadway in the 1924-25 season for 183 performances was aged for this part and for Alexander Hamilton he was rather ludicrously made younger. Of course in the Hamilton part Arliss was much younger when he did it on stage.

At this point in life Arliss wants to provide something for his grandchildren who are the children of his illegitimate son, the son's wife Doris Lloyd is having a rough go of it. But he's got one creditor in Murray Kinnell who wants his debt settled before all and there's his daughter from his marriage Ethel Griffies who gives him no pleasure in his old age.

The play was written by John Galsworthy better known of course for The Forsyte Saga and you can see some similarities there. But the production itself is too slow and too stage oriented. A couple of outdoor shots don't really do the trick to make it a movie.

Still Arliss, old fashioned as he is is always a treat to watch.

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