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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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Storyline

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)  »

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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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This was Marion Davies' first drama talkie. See more »

Quotes

Bertram 'Berry' Rhodes: Here, are you one of those women who fire a man with ambition?
Jennifer Rarick: Of course, I am.
Bertram 'Berry' Rhodes: Then you and I, quit right now.
Jennifer Rarick: Yeah?
Bertram 'Berry' Rhodes: Oh yes, there's much too much fun in life to take these things seriously. Besides, one must have time for polo and, eh...
Jennifer Rarick: Women?
Bertram 'Berry' Rhodes: Women! Yes, women take a little time too. By the way, Rarick, how would you like to share a small part of my working hours?
Jennifer Rarick: Not interested in part time boys.
Bertram 'Berry' Rhodes: Ah, dear, dear, I was afraid of that.
Jennifer Rarick: I've got to have all - or nothing!
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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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The Wedding March
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About a family that is both amazingly rich and amazingly poor at the same time.
10 February 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is yet another Davies films with inexplicably high ratings. What I mean by this is that it appears as if a group of people have gone onto IMDb and deliberately over-inflated the scores on all of Marion Davies' films--giving 10s to EVERYTHING--even her worst films. No one is THAT good that they always deserve a 10--but here, 49% of those rating the film give it a 10. By comparison, "Gone With the Wind" and "Casablanca" have only 34 and 38% 10s!! Are these folks seriously trying to tell us that just about every film Marion Davies made are better than these classics?! So my advice with her films is to ignore the IMDb ratings and just see the films for yourself--some of her films were wonderful (such as "Show People"), some awful ("Cain and Mabel" comes to mind )and many were somewhere in between--just like it would be for most actresses.

John Rarick has created a hugely successful chain of five and ten cent stores--enabling his family to live in great luxury. However, this money does not make them happy. His wife runs around behind his back with other men, his son is slowly slipping into alcoholism and depression and, finally, his daughter (Davies) is trying too hard to fit in to society--and is laughed at by her new 'friends'. The main focus in this film is on the daughter--and her unhealthy relationship with a rich young architect (Leslie Howard).

Of all the characters in the film, Avery (Douglass Montgomery) is the most interesting. Unlike his sister, mother and father, he sees tragedy coming to his family. And, when he tries to tell his father, he can't even get this workaholic to listen to him. The film is a nice showcase for him and his story is quite touching--and, although it's a small role compared to Davies', he steals the show. Despite this, his career never really took off. Perhaps it was due to his good looks--he was amazingly pretty and not the conventional tough leading man type.

Overall, a very good film that is well worth your time. However, be aware that Davies' and Howard's portion of the film is probably the weakest. It isn't bad but its resolution seemed bizarre--and never would have occurred in a Post-Code film.


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