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Prosperity (1932)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 18 November 1932 (USA)
In 1925, John becomes President of the prosperous Warren Bank when Maggie retires. Six years later, John, Helen and the two children are happy in their home, but the two mother-in-laws are ... See full summary »

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Polly Moran ...
Lizzie Praskins
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Helen Praskins Warren
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John Warren
John Miljan ...
Holland
Jackie Lyn Dufton ...
Cissy Warren (as Jacquie Lyn)
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Buster Warren
Charles Giblyn ...
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Frank Darien ...
Erza Higgins
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Henry, a Barber
John Roche ...
Knapp, Holland's Cohort
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In 1925, John becomes President of the prosperous Warren Bank when Maggie retires. Six years later, John, Helen and the two children are happy in their home, but the two mother-in-laws are still bickering. When Lizzy inadvertently starts a run on the bank, it closes when Maggie learns that John has done what she had told him never to do - used the bank bonds for a get rich quick scheme. To gain some money for the depositors, Maggie and John sell everything that they have and move in with Lizzy, who hounds them every day. Their only hope for a normal life is to get the bonds back from the crooks that have them. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Comedy | Drama

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18 November 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Prosperidade  »

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$628,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Anita Page's last film for MGM. See more »

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When John goes to leave Lizzie's house, Maggie stops him at the front door. John is between Maggie and the door. But in the next shot Maggie is between the door and John - their positions have switched. See more »

Quotes

Buster Warren: Can I have my hair cut, too?
Lizzie Praskins: No, you can *not*. It would break my heart to see that lovely hair cut.
John Warren: Well, he's getting pretty big for curls.
Maggie Warren: If I had my way, I'd have the clippers on him.
Buster Warren: Would you grandma?
Lizzie Praskins: Well, you haven't got your say-so.
John Warren: You're telling us.
Helen Praskins Warren: Anyway, we don't have to settle it now.
Maggie Warren: No, any time before he goes to college.
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Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929)
Written by Jack Yellen and Milton Ager
Played as background music during the opening credits and at the end
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Marie Dressler & Polly Moran Shine In Depression Era Comedy
13 August 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

The big-hearted matriarch of a small town bank works furiously to keep her institution alive. Though beset by trial & tribulation, she teaches her community that there is much more to PROSPERITY than how much money one has in the bank.

Marie Dressler was Hollywood's Queen when she made this crowd pleasing comedy/drama in 1932. She is perfect as the tough old lady with a tender heart who fights for her son's happiness and the well-being of their family owned bank. Depression audiences adored Marie because she was one of them, blunt, honest, no-nonsense, nothing fake or phony about her. They rewarded her by making her the box office champion in the years before her untimely death in 1934.

However, it's important to notice that Dressler shares star billing in PROSPERITY with her frequent sidekick, the ubiquitous Polly Moran. This spunky, buxom little comedienne cut her teeth in Mack Sennett Comedies and was most adept at slapstick & physical humor. Together, Marie & Polly, like a distaff Laurel & Hardy, were formidably funny. Their several screen pairings, though seldom revived today, are comedic gems.

Others in the cast (Anita Page as Polly's daughter, Norman Foster as Marie's son & John Miljan as the villain) are all very competent, but exist mainly to showcase the Ladies.


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