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The Silver Lining (1932)



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Cast overview:
Joyce Moore
Kate Flynn
Larry Clark
Michael Moore
Doris Lee
Cornelius Keefe ...
Bobby O'Brien
Mrs. O'Brien
Jane Kerr ...
Ella Preston
Marion Stokes ...
Edna Joyce
Dorothy Dent


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16 April 1932 (USA)  »

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The Big House for Girls  »

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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. Re-titled 'Big House for Girls,' as late as 1952 it was still being shown theatrically as an semi-exploitation re-release, particularly in the Los Angeles area, so television sponsors were not forthcoming. Its earliest documented telecast took place in Salt Lake City Thursday 8 December 1949 on KDYL (Channel 4) and there's no record of its being aired again until 8 AM Monday morning 13 October 1952 in Detroit on WXYZ (Channel 7). See more »


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Betty Compson and Maureen O'Sullivan as Cellmates
14 October 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Interesting social drama about a spoiled heiress (Maureen O'Sullivan) who owns slum tenements but doesn't care about fixing them up. A boy falls through the rotten stair railing and smashes on to floor. He's paralyzed. Good-hearted Kate (Betty Compson) is also a tenant and does something illegal (prostitution?) to help the boy but gets arrested on the same night that O'Sullivan gets drunk at a party and wanders away from her apartment into the city park where's she's mugged and then picked up for prostitution because she has no identification.

The two women serve 30 days and become friendly with a kindly lawyer (John Warburton) who decides to help them "reform." Of course O'Sullivan falls for him, but he thinks she's a Jane Doe. Compson also falls for him but he only has eyes for O'Sullivan.

Stark lesson in reality for O'Sullivan, who tells her society friends she's been away at a "sanitarium" for a rest cure. But she's determined to mend her ways, pay back her friends, and hold onto the lawyer. Can she do it? O'Sullivan is good as the spoiled society girl, and Compson steals all her scenes as street-smart Kate. Warburton is OK. Co-stars include Montagu Love (the uncle), Mary Doran (fellow prisoner), Martha Mattox (matron), Wally Albright (the boy), Grace Valentine (his mother), and Cornelius Keefe (society boyfriend).

An interesting film for O'Sullivan the same year as her debut as Jane in the Tarzan series. The beginning of Compson's descent from top studios in cheaper films, but she still has star power. Oddly, this film was released through United Artists by Patrician Pictures.

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