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A Successful Calamity (1932)

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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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Evalyn Knapp ...
Peggy Wilton
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Connors, Wilton's Butler
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George Struthers, Peggy's Beau
William Janney ...
Eddie Wilton
David Torrence ...
Partington
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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
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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, 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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17 September 1932 (USA)  »

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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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man's success keeps him from spending time with family
29 August 2007 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

The second of two films George Arliss & Mary Astor made together (the first was Man who played God, 1922). Successful stock market businessman Henry Wilton returns home to find his house in full turmoil

  • his wife is entertaining, and his dashing, perfect kids are busy with


their lives and loves. Even when his business dealings start going bad, Wilton cracks jokes that no-one else seems to hear. When he can't get time alone with his wife, he devises a scheme to have more time alone with her. and... just like on I Love Lucy, his scheme backfires. Surprisingly good quality sound and photography for 1932. It was just post-silents, and you can still see a lot of black facial features make up on Arliss and others. Viewers will recognize Grant Mitchell as Connors, Mr. Wilton's butler, who appeared in tons of films, usually as a stern, serious leader. Fun plot involves the stock market, which is a little surprising, so soon after the stock market crash of 1929, but as someone has previously noted, the original play was written and presented in 1917.


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