Frisco Jenny was orphaned by the 1906 earthquake and fire and has become the madame of a prosperous bawdy house. She puts her son up for adoption and he rises to prominence as district ... See full summary »
William A. Wellman
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The saga of Tom Holmes - a man of principles - from the Great War to the Great Depression. Will he ever get a break? His war heroics earn fame and a medal for someone else, and his wounds ... See full summary »
William A. Wellman
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Torch singer Joan Gordon, tiring of her relationship with small-time hood and racketeer Eddie Fields, flees to Montreal and becomes the mail-order bride of down-to-earth farmer Jim Gilson. Their chance for happiness is threatened by Gilson's own stubborness, a lecherous neighbor and the reappearance of Fields. Written by
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The title The Purchase Price was for a different project that was announced for Barbara Stanwyck the previous year and then never made. This film began production under the title The Mud Lark. After it wrapped, it was briefly changed Night Flower before the studio settled on the actual release title. See more »
The Purchase Price is an entertaining , if hit-and-miss, potboiler directed by the always reliable William Wellman. It starts off deliciously with Barbara Stanwyck crooning torch songs (using her own voice), in a New York nightclub. When she is dumped by her Social Register fiancé (Hardie Albright) because of her underworld connections, she in turn dumps her own gangster boyfriend (Lyle Talbot in one of his better efforts), flees to Montreal where she attempts to start a new life under an assumed name, is almost tracked down by Talbot but escapes by switching identities with her hotel maid who has just negotiated a deal to be a mail order bride for a struggling wheat farmer (George Brent!) in North Dakota! At this point we are whisked to a dusty farmhouse in the Great Plains where Stanwyck resists the marital ardor of Brent while milking cows, cleaning house, and tending to needy neighbors in a most unconvincing and sudden transformation from pampered chantoozie to faux-earthy farm wife. The below-zero Dakota winters are poorly recreated but a certain crude and rowdy atmosphere is achieved by Wellman and his technical team.
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