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Director:
Writers:
Adela Rogers St. Johns (from the book by)
John Meehan (dialogue continuity by)
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Release Date:
20 June 1931 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
She wasn't a divorcee but she believed that strangers could kiss! See more »
Plot:
An alcoholic lawyer who successfully defended a notorious gambler on a murder charge objects when his free-spirited daughter becomes romantically involved with him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Norma Shearer ... Jan Ashe

Leslie Howard ... Dwight Winthrop

Lionel Barrymore ... Stephen Ashe

Clark Gable ... Ace Wilfong

James Gleason ... Eddie
Lucy Beaumont ... Grandma Ashe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roscoe Ates ... Man Shot at in Men's Room (uncredited)
Ann Brody ... Hamburger Saleslady (uncredited)
Edward Brophy ... Slouch (uncredited)
James Donlan ... Reporter (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Birthday Party Guest (uncredited)
Francis Ford ... Skid Row Drunk (uncredited)
Henry Hall ... Detective in Raid (uncredited)

George Irving ... Johnson - Defense Attorney (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Judge (uncredited)
Sam McDaniel ... Casino Valet (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Frank Sheridan ... Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited)
Phillips Smalley ... Birthday Party Guest (uncredited)
William Stack ... Dick Roland (uncredited)
Larry Steers ... Ed - Casino Official (uncredited)
Carl Stockdale ... Drug Store Proprietor (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... One of Ace's Gang (uncredited)
E. Alyn Warren ... Bottomley - Ace's Chinese Butler (uncredited)
Claire Whitney ... Aunt Helen (uncredited)
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Directed by
Clarence Brown 
 
Writing credits
Adela Rogers St. Johns (from the book by)

John Meehan (dialogue continuity by)

Becky Gardiner (adaptation by)

Willard Mack  play (uncredited)

Produced by
Clarence Brown .... producer (uncredited)
Irving Thalberg .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (photographed by) (as William Daniels)
 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns by)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles Dorian .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Anstruther MacDonald .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Milton Brown .... still photographer (uncredited)
A. Lindsley Lane .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Nelson McEdwards .... assistant camera (uncredited)
William Riley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Hugh Wynn .... film editor
 
Music Department
William Axt .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Howard Dietz .... press representative (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
93 min (Turner library print)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | USA:TV-PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
The film ranked as ninth best picture in 1935 by the annual Film Daily poll of critics.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: At 21:19, we see that gangsters are approaching, but with the car backs into the alley, too much time goes by before the gangsters actually pass by.See more »
Quotes:
Ace Wilfong, Gangster Defendant:Well, I want to marry your daughter.
Stephen Ashe, Defense Attorney:What?
Ace Wilfong, Gangster Defendant:What's wrong with that?
Stephen Ashe, Defense Attorney:The only time I hate democracy is when one of you mongrels forget where you belong... a few illegal dollars and a clean shirt and you move across the railroad tracks. Tell your boy to bring me some libations, and don't insult the guests!
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By the River Sainte MarieSee more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A New Kind of Man in a New Kind of World, 18 May 2008
Author: laddie5 from New York, NY

Yeah, yeah, it's Gable and Howard 8 years before Gone With the Wind, and even then the former makes the latter look like a eunuch. A number of posters seem flummoxed by this little coincidence and by the early-talkie theatricality of this movie. But for its time it really moves and breathes, particularly in the impressive scenes of Norma Shearer and Lionel Barrymore camping in the Sierras, trying and failing to leave their addictions behind and repair their broken relationship.

Technically, this movie may be primitive, but in terms of content and meaning you couldn't get it made today: it's the story of a woman who uses a thug only for her own sexual pleasure, and the baffled and violent way the men in her life react. All three of them are outwardly brilliant and successful -- the lawyer, the gangster, and the rich polo player -- but have their vanity and weakness exposed when confronted with a powerful woman making her own choices. Some of the quieter moments of this movie are pretty devastating.

p.s. strange how the myth that Gable "slaps" Shearer persists... are people really watching this movie? He shoves her back onto a couch twice, and that's it. The real violence is what she does to him by treating him as a boy toy.

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