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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
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Solid film with terrific performances by Marion Davies as an heiress, Leslie Howard as the man she loves, and Douglass Montgomery (billed as Kent Douglass) as her tragic brother.
Davies plays the daughter of wealthy "five and ten" king (Richard Bennett) who crashes New York to build his empire. He's obsessed with his business and ignores his family and wife (Irene Rich). Montgomery is in the business against his will while Davies tries to crash New York society with little success. She falls for Howard but he's engaged to snooty Muriel (Mary Duncan).
Things start to fall apart as Rich gets involved with a gigolo, Montgomery starts to drink, and Davies gets humiliated at a weekend party and loses Howard.
This film is notable for three exceptional scenes. There's a long scene all in one take where Davies and Howard are falling in love and toying with silly drawings of pigs and cows. The two stars are exceptional as they are drawn to each other yet try to stay apart. This is one of the best scenes I ever saw Davies do. Montgomery is great in his initial drunk scene as he wanders around the stone mansion, talking and singing to servants. He's also excellent in his final scene with the family gathered around him. Best work he ever did.
Overall one of Davies' best films because the story is solid and the co-stars are all top notch. And of all her dramatic roles this is her best. Her voice is excellent here. She often has a stilted quality because of her stutter but there's not a trace of that here. Plus she's absolutely gorgeous.
Halliwell Hobbes is the butler, Henry Armetta the cab driver, and Theodore van Eltz the gigolo.
Loosely based on Barbara Hutton, the Woolworth heiress, and her family. The building old Rarick is building is an obvious reference to the Woolworth Building, tallest building in the world 1913-1930.
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