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The Washington Masquerade (1932)

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Complete credited cast:
Jeff Keane
Karen Morley ...
Consuela Fairbanks
Diane Sinclair ...
Ruth Keane
Reginald Barlow ...
Senator Withers
William Collier Sr. ...
William Morris ...
Senator Hodge
Rafaela Ottiano ...
C. Henry Gordon ...
Berton Churchill ...
Senator Bitler (as Burton Churchill)
Henry Kolker ...


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9 July 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Washington Whirlpool  »

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(Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Henri Bernstein's play, "La griffe," opened in Paris, France, on 18 April 1906. It's translation and adaptation, "The Claw," by Edward Delaney Dunn and Louis Wolheim, opened on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 17 October 1921 and had 105 performances. Lionel Barrymore created his movie role in the play, which also included Ian Wolfe in the opening night cast. See more »


Hail to the Chief
(1810) (uncredited)
Written by James Sanderson
Played at the White House when the president descends the stairs
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Good Acting -- But Populist Hokum
4 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Lionel Barrymore, crusading attorney from the sticks, takes on the bosses of his home state and wins election as Senator. This movie asks the question: "Can an honest man go to Washington and keep his integrity intact?" Since this is the early 30s (and pre Code), the answer to the question manages to be both downbeat and unrealistic. Also, the politics of our hero really is straight Huey P. Long (with a touch of Perry Mason). This makes watching this film at times a touch unpleasant. The railing against bosses and big corporate interests is both shrill and unspecific. But the moral smugness throughout is unmistakable.

The interesting thing here is the performance by Lionel Barrymore, which is far better than his norm. The character here feels real, even when he is spouting the populist nonsense of the day. Perhaps Barrymore intends him to seem a bit of a fraud? Lionel even gets a romantic scene with the Washington hostess who is trying to seduce him. (Bigger surprise -- the scene is actually sexy, and Lionel is credible in it.) Watch the film for the surprise Barrymore performance, and also for a sense that there were political films before Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. But not for the rather blah plot.

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