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Frank Capra (story)
Jo Swerling (adaptation)
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Release Date:
15 January 1932 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Barbara Stanwyck ... Lulu

Adolphe Menjou ... Bob

Ralph Bellamy ... Holland
Dorothy Peterson ... Helen
Thomas Jefferson ... Wilkinson
Myrna Fresholt ... Roberta - Baby
Charlotte Henry ... Roberta - Age 18
Oliver Eckhardt ... Briggs
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Henry Armetta ... Emile (uncredited)
Jessie Arnold ... Nurse (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... Grover's Butler (uncredited)
Roger Byrne ... Office Boy (uncredited)
Nora Cecil ... Chambermaid on Phone (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Havana Gambling House Waiter (uncredited)
Lynn Compton ... Halloween Child (uncredited)
Larry Dolan ... Halloween Child (uncredited)
Bill Elliott ... Reporter (uncredited)
Mary Jo Ellis ... Roberta - Age 12 (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Gambler in Havana (uncredited)
Robert Graves ... Mr. Eckner (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Henry (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Wilkins (uncredited)
Halliwell Hobbes ... Florist (uncredited)
Harry Holman ... Advice-to-the-Lovelorn Columnist (uncredited)
Arthur Hoyt ... Martin (uncredited)
Carmencita Johnson ... Halloween Child (uncredited)
Seessel Anne Johnson ... Halloween Child (uncredited)
Eddie Kane ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Fred Kelsey ... Marty (uncredited)
Claude King ... Mr. Jones (uncredited)
Edward LeSaint ... Grover's Doctor (uncredited)
Margaret Mann ... Hospital Visitor (uncredited)
Leila McIntyre ... (uncredited)

Charles Middleton ... Pianist (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Man at Political Convention (uncredited)
Wilfred Noy ... (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Waiter (uncredited)
Spec O'Donnell ... Spec (uncredited)
Helen Parrish ... Roberta - Age 8 (uncredited)
Robert Parrish ... Office Boy (uncredited)
Gertrude Pedlar ... (uncredited)
Cooke Phelps ... Office Boy (uncredited)
Matty Roubert ... Newsboy (uncredited)
Helen Stuart ... Woman (uncredited)
Harry Todd ... (uncredited)
Ford West ... Librarian (uncredited)
Dick Winslow ... Office Boy (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Mrs. Smith (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Capra  (as Frank R. Capra)
Writing credits
Frank Capra (story)

Jo Swerling (adaptation and dialogue)

Produced by
Harry Cohn .... producer
Frank Capra .... producer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (photography)
Film Editing by
Maurice Wright (film editor)
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Norbert A. Myles .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Monte Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Edward Bernds .... sound (uncredited)
Music Department
W. Baumline .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Alfonso Corelli .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Sam Perry .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
85 min (Turner library print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric System)
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

While filming the horse-riding scene on the beach, Barbara Stanwyck's horse was frightened by the movie lights, reared, threw the star off, and then kicked her on the way down. Stanwyck suffered a dislodged tail-bone, an injury which, though it didn't hold up production, did cause the actress discomfort for the rest of her life.See more »
Anachronisms: The film begins in the present day, i.e. 1932. There is no attempt at period decor in any way; the automobiles, music, and clothing styles are all contemporary; twenty or thirty years pass by. The principals live out their lives, grow old, and die. Yet their surrounding environment never changes; it is still 1932.See more »
Holland:The longer they no, the harder they yes!See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) (TV)See more »
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14 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
time stands still!!, 28 March 2007
Author: mukava991 from United States

What struck me about this film is the fact that although the story spans about 20 years, the hairstyles, clothes, cars, furniture and general infrastructure remain steadfastly "1932" throughout. Makes me wonder why they didn't start the film in 1912 - budget concerns over the cost of 1912 production values? Anyway, this melodrama is pretty routine for its time - contrived, fast-moving plot structure dealing with "naughty" subject matter, in this case cohabitation outside wedlock and its consequences. Barbara Stanwyck, Adolphe Menjou and Ralph Bellamy are all quite arresting in their roles and there are some nice turns of dialog and at least one memorable camera angle during an emotional scene in which the only visible part of Stanwyck's face - mostly concealed behind Menjou's shoulder - is the area around her right eye, filmed through the spaces between balusters on a staircase. Whether this scene was meant to reflect the shadowy nature of the couple's relationship or just a way to make the scene more fun to watch, it's a standout.

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