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Henry Wilton is an elderly millionaire saddled with his selfish young second wife Emmy 'Sweetie' Wilton and a pair of spoiled grown children (Peggy and Eddie). To test his family's mettle, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Evalyn Knapp ...
Peggy Wilton
Connors, Wilton's Butler
George Struthers, Peggy's Beau
William Janney ...
Eddie Wilton
David Torrence ...
Larry Rivers, the Polo Coach
Hale Hamilton ...
John Belde - Wilton's Business Associate
Fortunio Bonanova ...
Pietro Rafaelo, the Pianist
Oscar Apfel ...
President of the United States
Murray Kinnell ...
Alfred Curtis, The Broker
Harold Minjir ...
Watson, Eddie's Valet (as Harold Minjur)
Barbara Leonard ...
Pauline, The French Maid
Eula Guy ...
Jane, the Cook's Helper


Henry Wilton is an elderly millionaire saddled with his selfish young second wife Emmy 'Sweetie' Wilton and a pair of spoiled grown children (Peggy and Eddie). To test his family's mettle, Henry pretends to have gone broke. Just as he suspected they would, his children rally to their father's side and change their ways: Peggy forsakes the fortune hunter George Struthers for the nice young man she's really in love with, the polo coach Larry Rivers; while Eddie applies for a demanding job and performs admirably. Only Sweetie seems to desert Henry. Written by Robert

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Comedy | Drama





Release Date:

17 September 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Calamidad con suerte  »

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The play by Clare Kummer originally opened on Broadway at the Booth Theatre on 5 February 1917, and ran for 144 performances before closing for the summer (there was no air conditioning in those days). It then reopened on 10 October 1917 at the Plymouth Theatre. The opening night cast included Katharine Alexander, 'William Gillette', Estelle Winwood and Roland Young. See more »

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Sweet films about good people are rare.
16 July 2002 | by (sSacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

In all too many movies like this one, the family members are selfish and care little about others. As soon as Arliss's character confesses to his family that he's in financial trouble, they all jump on the bandwagon to help out. They express regret over being the cause of the problem by having spent too much money. The children love their stepmother. She, in turn, pawns her jewels to help out. While perhaps a bit corny by today's standards, this movie stands out as one that anyone who genuinely likes people could enjoy.

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