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The Man Who Came Back (1931)

Passed | | Drama | 11 January 1931 (USA)
A spoiled carefree rich kid gets into too much trouble for his father who sends him out on his own to prove himself capable of making a respectable man of himself.

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Angie Randolph
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Stephen Randolph
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Capt. Trevelyan
William Holden ...
Thomas Randolph
Mary Forbes ...
Mrs. Gaynes
Ullrich Haupt ...
Charles Reisling
William Worthington ...
Capt. Gallon
Peter Gawthorne ...
Griggs
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Baron le Duc
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Louise Huntington ...
Clarice (Stephen's first wife) (scenes deleted)
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A spoiled carefree rich kid gets into too much trouble for his father who sends him out on his own to prove himself capable of making a respectable man of himself.

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Divino Pecado  »

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Humphrey Bogart was Charles Farrell's voice coach. He and several other actors had thought they were getting Farrell's part. See more »

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Referenced in Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1939) See more »

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Sweet Hawaiian Mem'ries
Written by William Kernell
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Flawed, but fascinating
4 June 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a flawed, but fascinating adaptation of the short story with a complete about-face in characterization by Farrell and Gaynor. They handle the sometimes silly dialogue and abrupt transitions in character with grace, which makes the sometimes-unbelievable narrative of the story seem more realistic. Kudos to them for playing against type and doing it so well. The scene in the opium den is particularly affecting--watch it without sound and you can see their old silent chemistry at work.

The direction by Raoul Walsh is jumpy and overly talky, not surprising for 1931.

Not my favorite Farrell/Gaynor but a fascinating film to watch.


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