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The Struggle (1931)

 |  Drama  |  10 December 1931 (USA)
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A young couple's marriage is jeopardized by the husband's descent into alcoholism.

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Hal Skelly ...
Jimmie Wilson
Zita Johann ...
Florrie
Charlotte Wynters ...
Nina
Evelyn Baldwin ...
Nan Wilson
Jackson Halliday ...
Johnnie Marshall
Edna Hagan ...
Mary
Claude Cooper ...
Sam
Arthur Lipson ...
Cohen
Charles Richman ...
Mr. Craig
Helen Mack ...
A Catty Girl
Scott Moore ...
A Gigolo
Dave Manley ...
A Mill Worker
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A young couple's marriage is jeopardized by the husband's descent into alcoholism.

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26 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's no wonder that "The Struggle" flopped when released in late 1931. Even for that time it was considered stagey and out of date. When you consider that it was the work of veteran innovator D.W. Griffith it's all the more surprising that it is so humdrum in cinematic technique. It's about a factory worker (Hal Skelly) who struggles with alcohol addiction, gradually alienating his wife (Zita Johann) and daughter and sliding into impoverishment and dementia. Skelly is excellent as the drunk, as great a physical actor as he was in "The Dance of Life" a couple of years earlier. Johann seems uncomfortable. In general the direction of the actors, particularly the timing of their dialogue, is stiff. The scenes where Skelly hits rock bottom in a dark hovel are hideously effective but even the lighter scenes are dreary, taking place in drab apartments, barrooms and work places. The daily life of the characters as depicted in these scenes would drive anyone to drink.


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