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Five and Ten (1931)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 13 June 1931 (USA)
Woman falls in love with an engaged man.

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(from the book by), (dialogue continuity) | 1 more credit »
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Berry Rhodes
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John Rarick
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Jenny Rarick
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Avery Rarick (as Kent Douglass)
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Muriel Preston
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Arthur Housman ...
Piggy (scenes deleted)
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John owns the largest chain of five and ten cent stores in the country. He moves his family to New York from Kansas City and their life, though grand, is falling apart due to his constant working. Wife and mother Jenny is lonely. Son Avery hates his job. Daughter Jennifer is snubbed by classmate Muriel and her friends. At a charity bazaar, Jennifer meets Berry and sparks are evident. However, he is engaged to Muriel and Muriel will make sure that she, and only she, marries Berry. After the marriage, Berry still thinks of Jennifer as Jennifer thinks of Berry. Avery laments about the state of his family since they were happy in Kansas City. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Drama | Romance

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13 June 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daughter of Luxury  »

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Runtime:

(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Arthur Housman is in studio records/casting call lists for the role of "Piggy," but he did not appear in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Bertram 'Berry' Rhodes: Has it ever occurred to you that the buffalo is practically extinct on Manhattan island?
Jennifer Rarick: And the common titmouse, if allowed to multiply, could in no time obliterate the entire earth.
Bertram 'Berry' Rhodes: How true.
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Crazy Credits

The main title lists the film's name in all lower-case letters: "five and ten". See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
(1788) (uncredited)
Traditional Scottish 17th century music
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Not a bad way to spend an hour and then some...
11 July 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is not a great pre-code film, but I gave it a 7 mostly because I enjoy Marion Davies.

I also like Leslie Howard as a rule, but in this case, I don't think he and Marion are a good fit; I can't see why she is so head over heels with his character. He does the usual priggish brush-off at one point, calling her nothing more than a cheap rich girl. Good grief, the men were prigs in a lot of these films, always lecturing and indignant, no matter how badly they had behaved up that point.

Marion has such a beautiful face, I can see why she was such a popular silent actress. As always she is dressed beautifully. And she does a good job here, her voice is good, not sign of a stutter.

I know most reviewers gave high marks to Douglass Montgomery, but I found him to be very stilted and stagey in the role of the son. Part of that is due to the lines he was forced to say, I will give him that. I found Richard Bennett to be stiff and actorly as well, but I will take into consideration the style of acting at that time, especially for the older actors who had been on the stage for many years.

All in all, a good enough drama.


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