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Five and Ten (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 13 June 1931 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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(from the book by), (dialogue continuity) | 1 more credit »
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Berry Rhodes
Richard Bennett ...
John Rarick
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Jenny Rarick
Douglass Montgomery ...
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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13 June 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daughter of Luxury  »

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(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Loosely based on Barbara Hutton, the Woolworth heiress, and her family. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Brooks: Is it your opinion that great wealth has a demoralizing influence on the family?
Mr. Brooks: Demoralizing? Family? Oh, what nonsense. Take my son, for instance, he's exactly the same as I was at his age. Studious. Attentive to his business. My daughter, democratic, totally unspoiled. My wife, same sweet small town girl that she always was. Unselfish. Loyal to a fault almost. Oh, she's exactly the same today as she was then! Same loyalty, same regard for my welfare. Why, she's wrapped up in family and the ...
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The main title lists the film's name in all lower-case letters: "five and ten". See more »

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Featured in Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies (2001) See more »

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Auld Lang Syne
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Traditional Scottish 17th century music
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the second half is all pre-code
7 October 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This pre-code is very odd. Actually, very good. The first half is a naughty romantic comedy (sort of) that has the usual adorable Leslie Howard (can't help it, he's appealing as hell) and a kind of off-kilter Marion Davies. She seems a bit uncomfortable in this role -- maybe because it's an early talkie and she lisps? because it becomes dramatic and she isn't sure how to play it? Anyway, I was getting a bit annoyed with the whole thing when the movie does a real pre-code twist. Mom has an affair because mogul Dad is too busy with work. Brother has major mental health issues and suddenly takes up some very bad flying. And Heroine Marion takes on a role that reflects her own life by unrepentantly taking up with a now-married Leslie Howard. Things get...dark. So I found myself being impressed with the risks in this second movie (although I did laugh at some melodramatic moments). This movie doesn't apologize for anything. Marion is not punished for her love. Now that's new. She is defiant -- not just the character, but Marion Davies herself, I believe. I also appreciated the way it carried through its rich-man-neglecting-his-family theme to its most bitter result. This was surprisingly well done. No excuses are made for Dad's work obsession whatsoever. And Richard Bennett plays it subtly.

There are a few tremendous scenes. One involves a nocturnal visit to a rooftop. The other is a long drunken rant by the brother (Douglas Montgomery) in which he makes fun of Dad's obsession with money and success. Both of these are just lovely -- genuinely touching, I thought.

If you get a chance to see it, you should. It's an important movie in the Marion Davies pantheon, and Leslie Howard gets to be all charm. Just be patient and see where it goes.


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