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Howard Estabrook (screen play) and
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Release Date:
30 September 1932 (USA) See more »
A man, Hilary Fairfield returns home after fifteen years in a mental asylum. However, he finds things are not the way they were when he left. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Barrymore ... Hilary

Billie Burke ... Margaret

David Manners ... Kit

Katharine Hepburn ... Sidney

Paul Cavanagh ... Gray

Henry Stephenson ... Dr. Alliot
Gayle Evers ... Bassett

Elizabeth Patterson ... Hester
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bramwell Fletcher ... Gareth (uncredited)
Dick French ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Julie Haydon ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Paul Irving ... (uncredited)

Dennis O'Keefe ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Mildred Shay ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Directed by
George Cukor 
Writing credits
Howard Estabrook (screen play) and
Harry Wagstaff Gribble (screen play)

Clemence Dane (from the play by)

Produced by
David O. Selznick .... executive producer
Original Music by
Max Steiner (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Sidney Hickox (photographed by) (as Sid Hickox)
Film Editing by
Arthur Roberts (film editor)
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Set Decoration by
Ray Moyer (uncredited)
Costume Design by
Josette De Lima (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dewey Starkey .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
George D. Ellis .... recordist (as George Ellis)
Camera and Electrical Department
Wesley Anderson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Charles Burke .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Eddie Pyle .... second camera (uncredited)
Music Department
Max Steiner .... music director
W. Franke Harling .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Bernhard Kaun .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... music adaptor (uncredited)
Other crew
Marion Balderstone .... technical director (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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70 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Photophone System)
Argentina:Atp | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #2546-R) (12 August 1936 for re-release)

Did You Know?

Katharine Hepburn's performance as the "Amazon Queen" in the 1931 Broadway play The Warrior's Husband landed her a screen test with RKO. After executives saw the finished film in the projection room, they signed Hepburn to a contract, which called for her to appear in two films per year, with time off for stage plays.See more »
Factual errors: 'Katharine Hepburn' is misspelled in the credits as 'Katherine Hepburn'.See more »
Sydney Fairfield:[as Hilary plays his piece on the piano] Isn't that lovely, Father! Isn't it gay!See more »
Movie Connections:
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Miss Hepburn storms the screen, 17 December 2014
Author: jjnxn-1 from United States

VERY stagy but interesting film served as Hepburn's screen bow. She's a trifle studied and Barrymore occasionally goes over the top but mixed in with that is some excellent acting by both. Billie Burke, more subdued than usual, delivers the film's best most consistent performance. She does a very fine job of showing the anguish of a life suddenly turned upside down. The three of them are really the whole show.

Considering the cast and the historical place in Kate's filmography as her debut the film is frustratingly difficult to see. Odd considering the relative availability of the rest of her canon, exempting the obscure Grace Quigley.

Some of the attitudes are dated but because of the star trio this is worth tracking down.

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