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The Man in Possession (1931)

Passed | | Comedy | 4 July 1931 (USA)
A charming bailiff's assistant poses as a young woman's butler until she can pay her debts.

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(uncredited)

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(from the play by), (screen adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Charlotte Greenwood ...
Irene Purcell ...
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Beryl Mercer ...
Mrs. Dabney
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Maude Eburne ...
Esther
Forrester Harvey ...
A Bailiff
Yorke Sherwood ...
A Butcher
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Storyline

Recently released from jail, Raymond Dabney is the black sheep of his family. His father and brother want him out of England and out of their hair. Only his mother seems to harbor some affection for him. Looking for work in London, Raymond gets a job assisting a bailiff in collecting debts. Crystal Wetherby, a lovely young woman living outside her means, hopes to romance a wealthy man in order to pay her bills. When the bailiff shows up at her house with a writ, Raymond is left behind, taking possession of the house and everything in it as an official representative of the Crown. Until Crystal can pay her debt, Raymond will stay in her house and keep an eye on things, a rather unwelcome guest. Encouraged to be courteous and offer domestic assistance in his awkward duty, Raymond agrees to act as Crystal's butler. As butler, Raymond is surprised to learn that Crystal's fiancé is his brother Claude. Raymond's interference seems to ruin Crystal's chances with both Claude and Sir Charles ... Written by Jimmy L.

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Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

4 July 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Con el agua al cuello  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Remade in 1937 with Jean Harlow and Robert Taylor as "Personal Property." See more »

Quotes

Clara: Are you trying to be funny?
Raymond Dabney: Yes.
Clara: Try harder.
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Soundtracks

Chansonette
(1923) (uncredited)
Music by Rudolf Friml
Played on piano by Robert Montgomery
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excellent comedy - I rate it a 10!
26 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of Robert Montgomery's best comedy situations. I am trying to find a DVD or VHS copy to purchase. None are available. All characters are portrayed to perfection. The pace is perfect, editing is excellent, great photography. Humorous situations take the viewer by surprise. You can tell that it was from a successful Broadway production. The writing is superb.

Reginald Owens does a terrific job as do all the other beautifully cast actors and actresses. This picture is a classic because it fits in so well with today's world as it also did in 1931.

Its message is timeless.

Clara played by Charlotte Greenwood is an added treat. C. Aubrey Smith emotes superbly under the most adverse conditions while a young Robert Montgomery is at his peak!


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