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Kept Husbands (1931)

Passed  |   |  Drama  |  22 February 1931 (USA)
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Blue collar steelworker Richard Brunton (McCrea) saves two of his fellow workers after an accident at a factory. In gratitude, his boss, millionaire Arthur Parker invites Richard for dinner... See full summary »

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Richard 'Dick' Brunton
Ned Sparks ...
Hughie Hanready
Mary Carr ...
Mrs. Brunton
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Mrs. Henrietta Post
Robert McWade ...
Arthur Parker
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Charlie Bates
Florence Roberts ...
Mrs. Henrietta Parker
Freeman Wood ...
Llewllyn Post
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Blue collar steelworker Richard Brunton (McCrea) saves two of his fellow workers after an accident at a factory. In gratitude, his boss, millionaire Arthur Parker invites Richard for dinner with his family. Arthur's daughter Dot (Mackaill) is instantly impressed and infatuated with Richard She vows to marry him within a month.She does but Richard's seeming good luck is short-lived when he discovers how spoiled and selfish Dot really is, draining his finances dry in her greed, and he becomes Dot's "kept husband." Richard eventually convinces her to settle down and be happy on his humble salary. Written by Anonymous

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Every Inch a Man--Bought Body and Soul by His Wife.

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22 February 1931 (USA)  »

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Maridos Apenas  »

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Three Little Words
(1930) (uncredited)
Written by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby
Whistled by Joel McCrea
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Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
31 August 2012 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

Spoiled socialite Dorothy Mackaill (as Dorothea "Dot" Parker) is unimpressed when her wealthy father announces he has invited a young man from his Allentown, NJ steel mill to dinner. The man has saved some co-workers in an industrial accident and proudly turned down a $1,000 reward. When he turns out to be strikingly handsome ex-football player Joel McCrea (as Richard "Dick" Brunton), Ms. Mackaill is smitten beyond words. She hardly notices Mr. McCrea balances peas on his knife. Her father relates to McCrea's humble beginnings, but other friends and family consider him low class...

Mackaill bets father Robert McWade (as Arthur Parker) she will win a marriage proposal by Christmas. Her mother Florence Roberts (as Henrietta) doesn't think Mackaill should marry a working man. His mother Mary Carr blesses the union, while boarder Ned Sparks (as Hughie) comically disagrees. On a high-spending European trip, McCrea sees snobbish Clara Kimball Young treat her spouse like dirt and worries he will soon be wearing the "Kept Husbands" label. Meanwhile, ritzy playboy Bryant Washburn (as Charlie Bates) plans to seduce Mackaill. Typical early talkie, with a cast from different eras.

**** Kept Husbands (2/22/31) Lloyd Bacon ~ Dorothy Mackaill, Joel McCrea, Bryant Washburn, Mary Carr


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