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Frank Capra (story)
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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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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?

The Production Code Administration (PCA) refused Columbia's request for approval in 1935 for re-release, citing the adultery, which was a code violation. The production code was strictly enforced starting in mid-1934.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 »
Lulu:I know what I'm saying! You're poison to me! Poison! I'm sorry I ever met you! But, I'm not old! You're not the only man in the world! I don't have to stop living! Not for you! Not for anybody!See more »
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Featured in Frank Capra's American Dream (1997) (TV)See more »
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
3 Hankies Beats 2, 6 June 2009
Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA

Be sure to bring a snorkel so you don't drown in all the soap suds. Okay, it's a weepy from beginning to end, but 30's soap opera doesn't come much slicker than this. LuLu (Stanwyck) has a tropical fling to relieve a humdrum life. The trouble is that she leaves as one but comes back as two, and the father (Menjou) is already married. So what is poor Lulu to do now that she's an un-wed mother and Dad has big political ambitions and a wife. It takes an hour and a half to find out.

Apparently, Columbia studios had the formidable Stanwyck pegged as a 3-hanky heroine since they kept casting her in these sudsy roles. On the other hand, it took hard-boiled Warner Bros. to bring out that tough-cookie inner person we all know and enjoy. Still, she runs the emotional gamut here in fine fashion, persisting from one heartbreak to the next.

Two scenes stick with me. There's an absolutely exquisite horse ride through scalloped fingers of surf filmed in incandescent b&w (Joseph Walker). Anyone doubting the continuing value of b&w should take a look here. The wonderful dreamlike quality serves as a perfect correlate to what Lulu feels during the romantic get-away, and cannot be duplicated in color, at least in my little book.

Then there's that hilarious scene in the newspaper office where the pot-bellied old "Mary Sunshine" explains his 'advice to the lovelorn' column to the new Mary Sunshine (Lulu). He's a hard-bitten old reporter who resembles the column's title about as much as Alfred Hitchcock resembles Shirley Temple. And when he tells her to read seven letters and throw the rest away, you just know the empathetic Lulu will read the whole stack.

Sure, the story hangs together about as well as a Rube Goldberg contraption, but who cares since it all goes down pretty smoothly thanks to Capra's way with a camera and a storyline. Then too, I'm really proud of myself. I got through the 90 minutes with just two hankies on the floor instead of the usual three.

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