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A Successful Calamity (1932)

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 -\sWilton'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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Another Audience Pleaser From Mr. George Arliss
8 December 2000 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

When a rich financier fears that his wife & children take him for granted, he arranges A SUCCESSFUL CALAMITY to make them believe he's lost all his money.

George Arliss, the 1930's preeminent character actor, is perfectly cast in this bit of dramatic fluff. With the lift of a sardonic eyebrow, or the twitch of an elegant finger, he is able to convey volumes of personality & emotion. Listen to how he pronounces the single word `poor' - turning it into two syllables layered with nuance - to get an idea of the quality of stagecraft at work here. It is to Hollywood's discredit that Arliss' contributions to American cinema have been in eclipse for decades.

The rest of the cast- Mary Astor as Arliss' society wife; William Janney & Evalyn Knapp as his preoccupied children; Hardie Albright as a social twit; Grant Mitchell as Arliss' faithful butler; Hale Hamilton as his business manager; Helena Phillips as a frantic cook; and Randolph Scott as a polo captain - do very well with their roles. But it is George Arliss that captures and holds the attention of the grateful viewer.


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